By JOSEPH QUESADA
It feels like just yesterday President Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. Three years later, a new wave of presidential candidates are putting their names on the ballot, hoping to make a run for Trump’s spot for the upcoming 2020 election. In the opening months of 2019, well-known democratic politicians have declared candidacy or strong considerations of running, while the Republican ticket remains relatively empty aside from our current president. Below is a short list of the top potential presidential candidates for the 2020 election.
Donald Trump (R)
Donald Trump is the current President of the United States who will look to retain his position in the coming election. Trump holds a strong personality and does not shy away from making controversial decisions and outlandish political moves. His current presidential agenda includes cutting taxes for America’s wealthy class, handling the immigration problem in the United States and renegotiating certain foreign alliances such as the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement.
Elizabeth Warren (D. Massachusetts)
Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic senator with years of experience in politics and a background in law. Warren has served in several federal administrations during the Obama presidency in addition to serving in Congress since 2013 and has spent time at Harvard University as a professor. Warren’s presidential agenda will have a large economic emphasis, including a multi-step plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in order to fund healthcare, education, and aid for middle and lower class families. She also hopes to regulate corruption in Washington, handle flaws in the judicial system and provide an overall sense of integrity and strength in our union. Warren is a strong progressive mind with a good public presence and years of experience.
Beto O‘Rourke (D. Texas)
Beto O’Rourke is a representative from Texas who served in the House of Representatives from 2012 to 2018. O’Rourke ran for Senate in 2018 but narrowly lost to Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Beto is a young charismatic presence who has a knack for gaining support and raising money; he raised over 80 million dollars for his Senate run in 2018. As a congressman, O’Rourke led his district with progressive policies, such as prison reform and the decriminalization of marijuana.
Bernie Sanders (I. Vermont)
Bernie Sanders is a veteran senator from Vermont who associates with the independent party. Sanders made a run for the presidency in 2016 but ultimately fell short to front runner Democrat, Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ political policies include a strong stance on gun reform, climate change, raising the minimum wage scale and making college more affordable. Sanders’ policies have come to make himself very popular among young age groups and those who lean towards the far left side of the political spectrum.
Kamala Harris (D. California)
Kamala Harris is a senator from California with a very strong background in law and years of experience in elected office. She served as the district attorney of San Francisco as well as the 32nd attorney general of California before taking over as the senator in 2017. As a senator, Harris has supported lowering taxes for middle and working-class families, the legalization of recreational marijuana, implementation of sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants and free universal healthcare. Upon announcing her candidacy in January, Harris declared that she will award the “largest middle-class tax cut in a generation.”
This wave of candidates will feature a strong democratic selection as well as an unprecedented amount of female nominees. This will also be the first presidential race in which all democratic candidates are in support of the legalization of marijuana in some form. Such an in-depth field of progressive-minded candidates may foreshadow the eventual tide of the United States gradually changing with the arrival of the next president.
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