The 2020 presidential election is getting closer with the turn of the decade. With only nine months left, the Democrats have had three debates and are slowly narrowing down their numbers. At the start of the race, in June 2019, there were 25 Democrats running for president. Now, there are 12. It won’t be until July that the Democratic Convention picks its official nominee to face against Donald Trump. Let’s take the time to look at all of those still in the running to be the Democrat nominee for President of the United States of America.
NOT ON THE STAGE
Only 6 of the 12 have managed to get on the debating stage. The other nominees are still fighting for their campaign, but due to their lower stance in the polls or lack of donations, the Democratic Convention does not allow them to debate. There are two rules that all candidates must meet to make it onto the stage. All candidates must reach a minimum number polling count, which increases with each debate, and all candidates must also meet a minimum amount of money donated by individuals to the campaign. (225,000 dollars)
Here are the candidates who are still in the race but as of the most recent debate, are not qualified for the stage.
Andrew Yang, a former tech executive who founded an economic development nonprofit, comes from New York. He qualified for the last two debates but failed to meet the poll minimum for the January 14th debate. His campaign is built on constructing a universal basic income of 1,000 dollars a month for all Americans.
Mike Bloomberg entered the race late in the game, in November 2019, and has not made it on the debating stage because he refuses to accept donations. Bloomberg keeps meeting the polling requirement, and as he is a billionaire media executive and the former mayor of New York City, he is refusing to accept any donations to his personally funded campaign.
Bloomberg re-registered for the Democratic Party in October 2018 after leaving the party for two decades to run as a Republican mayor. He has voiced stark disagreements with progressives on issues including bank regulation, stop-and-frisk police tactics and the #MeToo movement. He recently reversed his long standing support of the aggressive “stop-and-frisk” policing strategy that he pursued for a decade while he was mayor.
Deval Patrick is a former governor of Massachusetts and an executive at Bain Capital, a private equity firm. In 2006, Patrick became the second elected black governor in United States history. He announced his campaign mid November 2019. He envisions a campaign focused more on bringing people together and healing the country than making a particular ideological case. As governor, Patrick focused on economic development and innovation, and made Massachusetts a hub for life science jobs.
One of the three women currently running for the presidential seat, is Tulsi Gabbard, a Congresswoman from Hawaii and an Army National Guard veteran. She supported Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries. She is one of the most controversial candidates and has drawn condemnation after meeting with Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians. She also was known for making several anti-gay statements and working for an anti-gay advocacy group, she has since apologized for these actions. She opposes United States military intervention overseas, including in countries like Syria.
John Delaney is a former congressman from Maryland, and was elected to the House in 2012 as a “pragmatic idealist.” He has been running aggressively since 2017, but has failed to make any real traction, visiting every county in Iowa, but that hasn’t done much to improve his long-shot prospects. He is presenting himself as a middle candidate, a bipartisan problem-solver, but he also endorses liberal causes like universal health care.
Michael Bennet is a senator from Colorado and is running as a moderate Democrat known for seeking compromise. He is best known for being a part of the so-called “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group that crafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013. He announced in early April that he had prostate cancer, but he has since had surgery that his staff called “completely successful.” He has called for modernizing the economy in fields such as artificial intelligence and for an increase in infrastructure spending.
ON THE STAGE
These six candidates are leading the race, making it onto the debating stage consistently and most of the time, way ahead of the deadline. These candidates have also petitioned the DNC, asking for the restrictions to be lifted, so that other candidates may debate with them.
The former Vice President has run for President two times before, and sees 2020 as his last chance. Voters see him as a down-to-earth candidate who can connect to working class people. Biden wants to improve the United States’s image and its global standing. He also wants to strengthen the economy and the protections for poor people who work in the manufacturing sector.
Biden and his son Hunter were the main cause of Donald Trump’s impeachment as the phone call that came under fire was Trump asking the President of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens or he would withhold military aid. Along with Berine Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg, Biden is one of the biggest leaders in this Democaratic presidential race.
Elizabeth Warren is a Senator from Massachusetts and a former Harvard professor. She speaks frequently about the need for “big, structural change” and has released a wide range of detailed plans that together have the potential to reshape the economy. “I have a plan for that” has become her rallying cry and T-shirt slogan. She focuses on income inequality and what she sees as a middle class under attack from big corporations and political corruption.
The youngest candidate, at only 38 years old, on our list is Mayor Pete, from South Bend, Indiana. The former mayor is also a military veteran and is known for his young ideas and attempts to move our politics forward. Buttigieg wants to be a bridge, bringing the United States political system into a whole new era and was the first candidate to push the idea of increasing the number of seats on the Supreme Court. He has a lot of supporters and collects many donors, being the most formidable fund-raisers in the race, collecting more money in the campaign’s second quarter than anyone else. He is focused on issues like climate change and economic opportunity.
Bernie Sanders, the oldest candidate, at 78 years old, is a senator from Vermont and a former congressman. He ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016 and was the runner-up in the primary. He is known for his socialist views and has described himself as a democratic socialist. He brings many progressive proposals to the table. His most famous plans are Medicare for All and tuition-free public college. He wants to curtail the influence of “the billionaires” and tax them higher to pay for his new governmental plans.
Tom Steyer is a former hedge fund executive billionaire, and a climate change and impeachment activist. He originally did not plan to run for president, but changed his mind and entered in July 2019. He started out as an environmental activist before airing millions of dollars in television ads demanding Mr. Trump’s impeachment. He created the company “Need To Impeach” in March 2018 and served as its president until July 2019 when he stepped down to run for president. Steyer just barely made the polling limit ahead of the January debate.
Amy Klobuchar is a senator from Minnesota and a former attorney. Klobucher questioned Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings and was regarded highly for her calm and collected, stern, questioning. She focuses on reclaiming the swing states in the middle of the country, pitching herself as a pragmatist who can win there. She has championed legislation to combat the opioid crisis,drug addiction and to address the cost of prescription drugs.
The democratic primaries will start in April and continue until July, when the official nominee will be chosen to go against Donald Trump. The general election will be held on November 3rd, 2020. No matter who you want in the Oval office, if you are 18 or older, make sure you get out and vote, so you can have a say in who is your next President!