2020 Presidential Election - Meet the Democrat Candidates
The 24 Democrats running for President in 2020
Who are they? Why are they running? What is their platform?
- 2020 Democrats all have the same immigration position: Open borders.
- Many 2020 hopefuls came out swinging in opposition of Missouri and Alabama's strict new abortion laws, describing the bills as “dangerous and exceptionally cruel.” The big picture: Democrats have long championed abortion rights — generally in sync on the issue — but they are now being called upon to propose specific policy plans about how they would tackle the most severe restrictions to women’s reproductive rights.
- Every Democrat Presidential Hopeful for 2020 Hates the Second Amendment .
“ We cannot be the first generation to leave less to our kids, not more. That’s why I’m running for President. Let’s build opportunity for every American and restore integrity to our government. ”
—Michael Bennet (May 2019)
- Michael Bennet is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate representing Colorado. He was first appointed to the office in 2009 and won election to a full term in 2010.
- Before his appointment to the Senate, Bennet was the superintendent of Denver Public Schools. Bennet earlier worked as chief of staff to then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D), at an investment firm, and as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Bennet has focused his run on the themes of expanding economic opportunity and promoting integrity in government. In his campaign kickoff video, Bennet said he would support introducing an opt-in government-run health insurance system, tax cuts for families with children, and increased spending on education.
We’re in a battle for the soul of America. It’s time to remember who we are. We’re Americans: tough, resilient, but always full of hope. It’s time to treat each other with dignity. Build a middle class that works for everybody. Fight back against the incredible abuses of power we’re seeing. It’s time to dig deep and remember that our best days still lie ahead.”
—Joe Biden (April 2019)
- Joe Biden is a former Democratic vice president of the United States who served from 2009 to 2017. He announced that he was running for president on April 25, 2019.
- He framed his campaign as a challenge to President Donald Trump (R). "I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation—who we are—and I cannot stand by and watch that happen," he said.
- Biden represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009, where he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committe for several years.
- As of press time, Joe Biden had not declared his candidacy, but the announcement is widely expected in the near future. When he does enter the race, Biden will likely be the most conservative of the 2020 Democratic candidates.
- Climate change: As former President Barack Obama’s right-hand man, Biden was along for the Paris Climate Accord ride, and he decried Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement.
- LGBTQ rights: As a Senator, Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, but he later opposed it.
- Immigration: Biden has called the immigration system “broken” and has called for policies that “address the root causes of migration that push people to leave behind their homes and everything they know to undertake a dangerous journey for the chance at a better life.”
- Taxes: He doesn’t have a tax policy per se yet, according to Vox, he has pinpointed “a tax code that is excessively friendly to investors rather than workers as a central problem” that he would eliminate.
- Gun control: Biden is a staunch advocate for stricter gun control measures.
- Health care: Per his campaign website, Biden has promised to “defend and build upon the Affordable Care Act to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care.
Bill de Blasio
- Bill de Blasio is the Democratic mayor of New York City in New York. He announced he was running in the 2020 presidential election on May 16, 2019.
- De Blasio was first elected mayor in 2013 and won a second term in the general election on November 7, 2017.
- From 2010 to 2013, de Blasio served as New York City public advocate. He represented District 39 on the New York City Council from 2002 to 2009.
- In 1999, he was elected to District 15's school board in Brooklyn.
- De Blasio also served as regional director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 1998 and managed Hillary Clinton's 2000 New York Senate campaign.
Cory Booker is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. He announced on February 1, 2019, that he was running for president of the United States.
- Booker's early campaign messaging has focused on unity and finding commonality by addressing inequality and racial discrimination.
- On the campaign trail, Booker has highlighted the following policy positions: supporting the Green New Deal, ending private prisons and other criminal justice initiatives, and lowering prescription drug costs.
- Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Booker was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, from 2006 to 2013, and a city councilman from 1998 to 2002. He also worked at the Urban Justice Center and in private practice.
- May 22, 2019: Booker said that he would create a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom focused on “coordinating and affirmatively advancing abortion rights and access to reproductive health care” at the federal level.
- May 17, 2019: Booker wrote an open letter to men in GQ Magazine calling on men to be allies in supporting women’s access to abortions.
- May 15, 2019: Campaign spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said that Booker would only appoint Supreme Court justices who would uphold Roe v. Wade and sign legislation making it federal law if it were overturned.
- May 15, 2019: Booker discussed balancing due process with stricter gun laws and regulating Facebook in an interview on NPR.
- May 14, 2019: Booker introduced the PROTECT Immigration Act, which would prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement from partnering with state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law.
- Cory Booker is positioning himself as a supporter of Medicare for All. However, when asked if he would get rid of private insurance, Booker dodged the question, saying, “Even countries that have vast access to publicly offered healthcare still have private healthcare, so no.” What Booker didn’t mention here is that countries with government-run healthcare greatly diminish and limit their private health companies, forcing them to work in very specific ways, if at all. Given this position, it’s difficult to tell where Booker actually stands on Medicare for All in comparison to other 2020 Democratic candidates.
- Climate change: Booker has been talking about climate change for years, and he was even among a group of several Senators who stayed up all night in 2014, hosting a talk on the threats climate change presents.
- LGBTQ rights: A longtime LGBTQ advocate, Booker refused to perform marriages as Newark’s Mayor until same-sex marriage was recognized.
Immigration: When he was still Mayor of Newark, Booker was an advocate for the DREAM Act, commenting in 2010 that it was foolish of Republicans to block a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who want to, among other things, join the military and attend school.
- Taxes: Booker unsurprisingly voted against the Republican tax overhaul in 2017, and he said the bill was passed “at the expense of ordinary Americans.” In October, to combat wealth inequality, a gap which is growing, especially among racial lines.
- Gun control: Of the Parkland kids and their fight for gun control, Booker has said, “These young people are showing what true courage is.”
- Health care: Booker supports Senator Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All proposal, which would completely overhaul the U.S. health care system.
Steve Bullock is the Democratic governor of Montana. He announced he was running for president in the 2020 presidential election on May 14, 2019.
- Bullock released a video on social media focused on his Montana roots, work on campaign finance law, and efforts to collaborate with both Democrats and Republicans as governor.
- Before he was elected governor in 2012, Bullock served a single term as state attorney general. He previously worked as an attorney in the offices of the state attorney general and secretary of state.
- You read one of these Democrats political stances you read them all. They all believe up to even being born pro abortion (murder) Hate the 2nd, amendment, 1st amendment, actually none of them like the Constitution of the United States, they want to re-write it. The idea of open borders sends tingles up their spine.
- "In order to win in 2020, we've got to win back some of the places that voted for Trump," says Bullock, who leads a state Trump won by more than 20 points in the 2016 election. "I know it's possible, I've done it. I've also been able to bridge the divides that we have."
- Pete Buttigieg is the Democratic mayor of the South Bend, Indiana. He announced he was running for president on January 23, 2019. On April 14, 2019, he formally kicked-off his campaign.
- Buttigieg has focused his campaign on policy issues that he's implemented as mayor, such as connecting with the global economy through investing in advanced industries, data, technology, and higher education.
- Prior to serving as mayor, Buttigieg worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company. He serves as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and served a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.
- May 23, 2019: Buttigieg discussed the state of the Republican Party and democracy in The New York Times podcast The Argument.
- May 21, 2019: In a Newsweek interview, Buttigieg discussed how his military service in Afghanistan has informed his presidential campaign
- May 20, 2019: Buttigieg held a fundraiser at Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida.
- May 19, 2019: Buttigieg appeared on a Fox News town hall where he discussed tax policy, abortion, moving to a popular vote system, and Trump’s tweets.
- May 16, 2019: Buttigieg released his first list of policy priorities, including creating "Medicare for All Who Want It” as a precursor to Medicare for All, implementing a Green New Deal, and establishing independent redistricting commissions to end gerrymandering.
- Climate change: Supports the Paris climate agreement and the Green New Deal, and he thinks climate change is a national security threat. He is supportive of government-subsidized solar panels.
- Capitalism: Says he is a capitalist, but that democracy is "more important" than capitalism: "If you want to see what happens when you have capitalism without democracy, you can see it very clearly in Russia."
- Guns: He is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and supports universal background checks and banning guns in schools.
- Health care: Supports single-payer health care, but wants to transition to the model via an all-payer rate-setting, which would not eliminate private insurance companies.
- Immigration: Buttigieg supports providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
- Discrimination: He supports updating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly apply non-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.
- Abortion: Said on Meet the Press that abortion is a "question that is almost unknowable ... a moral question that is not going to be settled by science. So the best way for it to be settled in practice is by the person who actually faces the choice."
- Supreme Court: Proposed having a 15-justice court with 5 Democratic appointees, 5 Republican appointees and 5 selected by agreement of the other 10 justices.
- Electoral college: Supportive of abolishing it.
- Vaccines: Initially said he believes in personal/religious exemptions to vaccines when there is no public health crisis. But after criticism on Twitter, his campaign reeled back his statement: "There is no evidence that vaccines are unsafe, and he believes children should be immunized to protect their health.
- Pete Buttigieg is widely thought to support Medicare for All. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana has received an influx of attention from politically involved liberals looking for an alternative to the major players in the race.
- Climate change: Climate change, according to Buttigieg in a 2017 interview, is a global issue, but the impact is “profoundly local.
- LGBTQ rights: Buttigieg is openly gay and married his partner, Chasten Glezman, in June 2018.
- Immigration: Buttigieg’s father is himself an immigrant from Malta. The millennial mayor has called for total immigration reform, stating that our system relies on undocumented workers’ labor and then “ruins them.”
- Taxes: Buttigieg tweeted in 2017 that the Republican tax overhaul is “class warfare.” Therefore, though he has not made any public statements about specific policy, he would likely raise the corporate tax and the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans
- Gun control: Buttigieg supports “common-sense gun safety policies,” and he has called for local action when faced with inaction at the federal and state levels.
- Health care: Buttigieg recently told reporters that single-payer is the right way to go—but that he wouldn’t necessarily eliminate the private market.
Julián Castro is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 2020. He announced he was running on January 12, 2019.
- Castro emphasized education when announcing his candidacy. He said he achieved universal preschool in San Antonio during his time as mayor and would do the same nationally.
- Castro has also promoted Medicare for All and housing affordability on the campaign trail.
- Prior to running for office, Castro served as the U.S. secretary of housing and urban development during the Obama administration. He also served as mayor of San Antonio for five years.
- Medicare for All: He supports it, saying at an event with Iowa Democrats that the U.S. should "be the healthiest nation," per the Hill.
- Education: Castro released a plan that would create a universal pre-K program and create tuition-free public colleges, community colleges and technical and vocational programs. The universal pre-K program is mirrored would be funded by a grant program to state and local governments.
- Immigration: In a Medium post, Castro outlined his extensive immigration policy, which includes reversing Trump policies such as the Muslim ban, spending on a southern border wall and cuts to refugee programs. Castro proposed a 21st Century Marshall Plan for Central America to focus on stabilizing the countries with the largest number of migrants coming to the U.S. Castro wants an overhaul of the pathway to citizenship for immigrants, especially for DACA recipients.
- Castro wants to split ICE in half, and keep "national security functions such as human and drug trafficking and anti-terrorism investigations within the Department of Homeland Security.
- Abortion: "I believe in a woman's right to choose, it is an issue of reproductive freedom and justice," he said at She the People Presidential Forum in Houston on April 24.
- Climate change: During his presidential bid announcement, Castro “promised to bring the US back into the Paris climate change agreement with his first executive order.”
- LGBTQ rights: Castro has long been considered an ally of the LGBTQ community.
- Immigration: In his announcement speech, Castro, a third-generation Mexican-American, spoke at length about the importance of immigration.
- Taxes: When asked about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a 60-70 percent marginal tax rate on the super-wealthy, Castro said, “I can support folks at the top paying their fair share.”
- Gun control: Castro has been a long-time advocate for stricter gun control measures.
Health care: Castro supports Medicare-for-All.
- John Delaney is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented Maryland's 6th Congressional District from 2013 to 2019. He formally declared his candidacy on July 28, 2017. He was the first Democratic candidate to announce a campaign for the 2020 election.
- Delaney's campaign motto is Focus on the Future, and he is running to address issues primarily related to globalization, automation, and technology.
- He has also made cooperation and bipartisanship a major focus of his campaign, including a pledge to only work on bipartisan proposals during his first 100 days as president.
- Prior to his congressional career, Delaney founded two New York Stock Exchange companies, as well as Blueprint Maryland, a nonprofit organization focused on the creation of jobs in Maryland's private sector.
- Climate change: Delaney has previously said, “The science around climate change is unassailable.” In the same statement, he discussed the fact that climate change is a threat both to the economic status and national security of the country.
- LGBTQ rights: The former Congressman has received a 100 percent scorecard from the HRC.
- Immigration: Delaney has supported several measures to reverse the Trump administration’s policy of family separation at the border.
- Taxes: While Delaney has not yet released a specific tax proposal, he voted against the 2017 Republican tax law.
- Gun control: Delaney has a 7 percent rating from the NRA.Health care: Delaney’s campaign website states that he would create a universal health care system
Tulsi Gabbard is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii. Gabbard announced that she was running for president of the United States on January 11, 2019.
- Gabbard has highlighted her noninterventionist foreign policy and military experience as a veteran of the Iraq War on the campaign trail. "When it comes to the war against terrorists, I'm a hawk. When it comes to counterproductive wars of regime change, I'm a dove," Gabbard said
- In 2012, Gabbard became the first Hindu elected to Congress. She previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives and on the Honolulu City Council. Gabbard has been deployed on two tours of duty in the Middle East.
- Green New Deal: No stated position, but proposed a bill in 2017 to transition to 100% renewable energy to generate electricity by 2035.
- Medicare For All: Supports. Said that she doesn't want to eliminate private insurance.
Education: She wants to get rid of tuition and fees at 4-year public colleges and universities. She also supports free community college tuition for everyone
- Also Sanders-esque: She has spoken about reducing the role of money in politics and has called for a reduced military presence in the Middle East.
- Gabbard voted NAY No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
- Gabbard voted NAY Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
- Honolulu Civil Beat
- Tulsi Gabbard's Record On Gun Control Is A Moving Target
- The Hawaii congresswoman talks tough on gun control but she's often lagging behind Democratic colleagues in pushing firearms legislation.
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says The Debate On Gun Control Is Over, Congress Must Act Now
- "Despite the public’s lack of trust in Congress, the American public has not given up hope that change can happen." -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
- U.S. Representative of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, combat veteran, and Founding Fellow of The Sanders Institute Tulsi Gabbard has been a consistent advocate for common sense gun regulation throughout her career.
- Climate change: The League of Conservation Voters has given Gabbard a 91 percent for 2017, and an overall score of 96 percent on her scorecard.
- LGBTQ rights: Gabbard rather infamously used to run a virulently anti-LGBTQ group, one that condoned the use of conversion therapy, with her father, Hawaii State Senator Mike Gabbard.
Immigration: Gabbard supports the passage of the DREAM Act.
- Taxes: In 2014, Gabbard voted against increasing taxes on the middle class. Further, she voted against the 2017 Republican tax overhaul, which gave massive tax cuts to the super-wealthy and corporations.
- Gun control: Gabbard supports reinstating an assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole, and the Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act.
- Health care: A close ally of Senator Sanders, Gabbard unsurprisingly supports his platform, Medicare-for-All.
Kirsten Gillibrand is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from New York. She launched an exploratory committee on January 15, 2019, and formally declared her candidacy on March 17, 2019.
- Gillibrand has focused her campaign on economic and social issues, including addressing sexual assault in the military, healthcare for 9/11 first responders, increasing transparency in politics, Medicare for All, and universal paid family leave
- Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand worked as an attorney, law clerk, campaign staffer, and Special Counsel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. She also represented New York's 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House from 2007 to 2009
- Gillibrand remark on Clinton sends shockwaves through Democratic Party
- The anti-sexual harassment crusader and potential 2020 candidate prompted an uncomfortable debate among Democrats about a beloved party figure.
- Court papers show Gillibrand’s father worked for Nxivm sex cult: Court documents revealed this week confirmed that the father of 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand once worked as a lobbyist for a secretive sex cult, but left after the upstate New York group sued him.
- Kirsten Gillibrand’s precise stance on healthcare is a little murky. When her aides spoke to the Washington Post about her support of Medicare for All, they said she had “supported letting anyone in America buy into Medicare since she ran in a conservative House district in 2006.”
- Climate change: Gillibrand has a 95 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters. She supports the Green New Deal, having told Pod Save America, “I think we need a moonshot,” referring to the quick and radical change required of such a policy.
- LGBTQ rights: Despite the fact that she was initially elected in 2006 as a Blue Dog Democrat, Gillibrand has long been an advocate for LGBTQ rights.
- Immigration: She has called Trump’s proposal for a wall “wasteful” and “ineffective” and was one of the Senators most vocal about family separations at the border.
- Taxes: Gillibrand has endorsed a “Wall Street Tax” or a tax on financial transactions that occur on the stock market (the same tax proposed by Senator Sanders in 2016).
- Gun control: When she represented New York’s 20th district, Gillibrand had an A-rating from the NRA. But upon her move to the Senate, she started voting against them 100 percent of the time
- Health care: Gillibrand is one of the many possible candidates who support Medicare-for-All.
Mike Gravel is a Democratic former U.S. senator from Alaska. He announced that he was running for president of the United States on April 2, 2019.
- Gravel does not intend to seek the Democratic nomination. "Our only aim is pushing the field left by appearing in the Democratic debates," the Gravel campaign tweeted. A spokesperson said Gravel would withdraw from the race and endorse the most progressive candidate.
- From 1969 to 1981, Gravel represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate. He also served in the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966, including two years as the speaker of the House.
- This guy is running, but knows he isn't going to win. They are wanting to push the Party one way. How many are running knowing they are not winning, have no intentions of winning? For this reason or because FISA is about to drop. As well as all those thousands of sealed documents. Do they really think if they run for president or stay in office they are "safe"?
- If Senator Gravel became President of the United States, he says he'd ensure full reproductive freedom - a position he calls "pro-life."
Kamala Harris is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. She formally declared her candidacy for president on January 21, 2019.
- Harris has focused her campaign on economic issues, including universal pre-K, debt-free college, a tax cut for working- and middle-class families of up to $500 a month, and Medicare for All.
- Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Harris served as the attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017 and district attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.
- Harris worked as an attorney in both the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
- Many claim she slept her way to the top.
- Dec 19, 2018 - Harris co-sponsored a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime
Senate passes anti-lynching bill after nearly 200 failed attempts
- After more than a century of failed attempts, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation making mob lynching a federal civil rights crime.Kamala Harris wants Dreamers to work in Congress. The 2020 hopeful is making immigration reform a centerpiece of her campaign.
- During her CNN Town Hall, Kamala Harris seemed poised to offer a full-throated endorsement of Medicare for All. Regarding private insurance, she said, “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”
- Climate change: The League of Conservation Voters has given Harris a 100 percent scorecard.
- LGBTQ rights: Harris has been criticized for her time as the California Attorney General, during which she blocked efforts to allow trans prison inmates to receive gender reassignment surgery.
- Immigration: Harris recently called President Donald Trump’s demands for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico a “medieval vanity project.”
- Taxes: Harris has proposed a $2.8 trillion tax plan that would pay tax credits up to $3,000 ($6,000 for couples) for middle- and working-class Americans.
- Gun control: Harris supports Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proposed ban on assault weapons (which the U.S. enacted from 1994-2004).
- Health care: Harris would like to enact single-payer health care, replacing the private system currently in place.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/19/senate-passes-anti-lynching-bill/ The Washington Times
John Hickenlooper is a former Democratic governor of Colorado. He announced he was running for president of the United States on March 4, 2019.
- Hickenlooper has emphasized his tenure as governor, including developing methane emissions laws with environmentalists and oil and gas companies, expanding Medicaid in the state, and pushing through gun control legislation that limited the sale of certain gun magazines and expanded background checks. He has also presented himself as both ready to challenge President Donald Trump and capable of earning bipartisan support.
- Prior to serving as governor from 2011 to 2019, Hickenlooper was the mayor of Denver for nearly eight years. He also opened 15 brew pubs and restaurants in several states.
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- As governor, Hickenlooper supported tighter gun control initiatives after 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded in a 2012 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Hickenlooper signed several gun bills in 2013 that banned high-capacity magazines and implemented universal background checks for private gun sales.
- Hickenlooper is a vocal supporter of action on climate change. In 2014, he implemented the country’s first rules to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas companies. A year later, the Obama administration proposed federal methane regulations. The Trump administration eventually eased those regulations and Hickenlooper fought back in court.
- Hickenlooper supports gay marriage, LGBTQ rights and access to abortion. As governor, HIckenlooper called a special session of the state legislature in 2012 to challenge Republican opposition to legislation that would have legalized civil unions in the state. A few months later, Democrats won a majority in the state Assembly and Hickenlooper signed the legislation into law.
Jay Inslee is the Democratic governor of Washington. He announced he was running for president of the United States on March 1, 2019.
- Inslee called climate change the pillar of his campaign. "I'm running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation's number one priority," he said when announcing his candidacy.
- Inslee proposed developing industries around this initiative, including building electric cars, installing wind turbines, and establishing solar energy sources across the nation.
- Prior to serving as governor, Inslee was a member of the state House of Representatives, representing District 14. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.
- After moving to the Puget Sound area, Inslee was again elected to Congress, where he represented Washington's 1st Congressional District from 1999 to 2012.
- May 22, 2019: Inslee signed a measure into law in Washington prohibiting local authorities from asking about someone's immigration status
- May 20, 2019: Inslee explained how a public healthcare option will work in Washington in an interview with Vox.
- May 18, 2019: While campaigning in New Hampshire, Inslee said he would advocate making abortion access a civil right.
- May 16, 2019: Inslee issued his “Evergreen Economy” plan that would invest $9 trillion into clean energy industries to add what he says will be 8 million jobs over a decade.
- 5, 2019: Inslee hired Jennifer Keeler to lead his campaign in New Hampshire. Keeler previously served as the North Carolina state field director for voting rights advocacy group Open Progress and as the state Senate caucus director for Delaware Democrats.
- Climate change: In his campaign announcement, Inslee said that his core focus would be on tackling climate change: “We have an opportunity to transform our economy, run on 100 percent clean energy, that will bring millions of good paying jobs to every community across America, and create a more just future for everyone.”
- LGBTQ rights: Long before it was politically salient to do so, Inslee publicly supported gay marriage.
Immigration: Early on in the Trump administration, Washington state became ground zero for resistance to the Muslim ban. Inslee called the ban “manifest and unjustifiable chaos and cruelty”
- Taxes: While he has not released a presidential tax plan, Inslee did recently release his budget proposal for the state of Washington, which can give us some insight into his vision
- Gun control: Inslee is an outspoken gun control advocate and in fact lost his first seat in the House of Representatives when he voted for the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.
- Health care: In early February, Inslee tweeted, “Climate change isn’t more important than health care. It IS health care.”
Amy Klobuchar is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. She formally declared her candidacy on February 10, 2019.
- Klobuchar announced several focuses of her campaign, including automatic voter registration, reducing the amount of money in politics, and reinstating climate regulations that were eliminated by the Trump administration.
- Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Klobuchar was a partner at the law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty.
- Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the late Sen. John McCain compared President Donald Trump to notable dictators during his 2017 inauguration ceremony.
- Dem senator expresses willingness to negotiate funding for border wall.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she’s willing to go along with some funding “to get an agreement and to make sure we do something on immigration reform.”
- Amy Klobuchar is one of the only 2020 Democratic candidates who has been openly hostile toward Medicare for All. When asked about the proposal at her CNN Town Hall she said, “It could be a possibility in the future. I’m just at something that will work right now.”
- Climate change: Klobuchar would not only rejoin the Paris climate agreement on her first day in office, she supports the recently released Green New Deal, per the Associated Press.
- LGBTQ rights: In 2013, Klobuchar was one of 41 Senators to co-sponsor a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
- Immigration: While Klobuchar does not support the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), she has said the immigration system needs sweeping reforms.
- Taxes: The Minnesota Senator voted against the 2017 Republican tax overhaul, and throughout her career, she has consistently voted against tax cuts for the rich.
- Gun control: At her campaign kickoff, Klobuchar, whose constituency in Minnesota has a 36.7 percent gun ownership rate — said she would advocate for “common sense gun laws.”
- Health care: She supports universal coverage and would like to lower the age at which individuals could buy into Medicare to 55 (it’s currently set at 65-years-old).
Wayne Messam is the Democratic mayor of Miramar, Florida. He announced he was forming an exploratory committee to run for president of the United States on March 13, 2019.
- The focus of Messam's campaign will be canceling $1.5 trillion in student debt, according to an aide. "I think that [the] American dream is slipping away for most Americans," Messam said of his decision to run. "Americans are not getting their needs met."
- Messam has served as mayor of Miramar, a city with 150,000 people, since 2015. He was previously elected to the City of Miramar Commission in March 2011.Both his parents were born in Jamaica
- As mayor, he’s taken stands that fit the beliefs of many Democratic primary voters: Challenging a National Rifle Association-backed law in an attempt to make a new city amphitheater a gun-free zone, touted his city as a safe zone for undocumented immigrants, fighting oil drilling in the Everglades, criticizing Trump for withdrawing from the Paris Accord to combat climate change.
- He was also a frequent representative on the 2016 campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, who was disliked by many progressives, and he campaigned on her behalf in South Carolina.
Seth Moulton is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District.
- He was first elected to the House in 2014.
- Before serving in Congress, he was a member of the United States Marine Corps. He served four tours in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 and was among the first groups of American soldiers to reach Baghdad during the 2003 invasion.
- Moulton was one of the Democratic members of the U.S. House that voted against Nancy Pelosi's selection as Speaker of the House, and his campaigns have regularly called for new leadership both within the party and in Washington. ABC News noted that he is "no stranger from straying from party leadership." While announcing his campaign on Good Morning America on April 22, Moulton said he is "not a socialist. I'm a Democrat. And I want to make that clear. Maybe that's a differentiator in this race."
- May 19, 2019: Moulton released a national service program proposal that would recruit Americans aged 17 to 24 to serve in the military, a newly created Federal Green Corps focused on climate change, AmeriCorps, FEMA Corps, or AmeriCorps VISTA.
- May 17, 2019: Moulton discussed generational change and leadership during a fundraiser in San Francisco.
May 15, 2019: In an interview on CNN, Moulton said he believed British intelligence over American intelligence on the threat Iran posed.
- The former US Marine combat veteran turned entrepreneur is now a congressman from Massachusetts and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
- After President Donald Trump announced his administration was ending the DACA program in 2017, Moulton rebuked the decision and described it as "cruel and unusual, and clearly motivated purely by anti-immigrant political pandering."
- On climate change: Moulton describes climate change as one of two "primary challenges in this country right now" and co-sponsored the Green New Deal.
- Moulton supports abortion rights. He voted against imposing penalties for abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. "Restricting women's rights is not just bad for women, it's bad for families, it's bad for communities, and it's bad for a country founded upon the values of freedom and equal rights," Moulton said in a statement in 2018.
Beto O'Rourke is a former U.S. representative from Texas. He announced he was running for president of the United States on March 14, 2019.
- In his first campaign video, O'Rourke discussed "investing in the dignity of work," establishing universal healthcare, and combating climate change. He also said of immigration, "If immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem for this country to have and we should ensure that there are lawful paths to work, to be with family, and to flee persecution."
- O'Rourke served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. He ran for U.S. Senate against incumbent Ted Cruz (R) in 2018, losing by 2 percentage points. O'Rourke previously served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011.
- Beto O'Rourke says migrant families "pose no threat or danger" to U.S.
- 'I'd take the wall down,' says Beto O'Rourke of current border barriers
- 'I'd take the wall down,' says Beto O'Rourke of current border bar Six-hundred miles of walls and fencing along the border has "not in any demonstrable way made us safer," the former congressman from El Paso said.
- ORourke opposes the PVS survey question on abortion Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions.
- ORourke co-sponsored S.217 & H.R.448
- Beto O’Rourke is one of the few 2020 Democratic candidates in the race who actively opposes Medicare for All.
- Climate change: O’Rouke would rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. Further, he has said, “Literally, the future of our world depends on” tackling climate change.
- LGBTQ rights: In 2017, O’Rourke released a statement, condemning Trump’s trans military ban, stating, “Every time America has opened opportunities to those previously denied it, we’ve become stronger.”
- Immigration: Having grown up in El Paso, Texas, right on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, O’Rourke is passionate about passing comprehensive immigration reform.
- Taxes: O’Rouke voted against both the 2017 GOP tax overhaul and the 2015 Death Tax Repeal, which would have eliminated estate taxes.
- Gun control: Although O’Rourke is a born-and-raised Texan, he supports banning assault weapons, calling them “weapons of war.”
- Health care: O’Rourke supports universal health care, and he has previously talked about creating a government-run system, or a single-payer option, similar to Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All plan.
Tim Ryan is a Democratic U.S. representative from Ohio. He announced he was running for president of the United States on April 4, 2019.
- Ryan said he would focus manufacturing jobs, keeping jobs in the United States, and moving towards emerging technology. “I understand that legacy of job loss. I understand where we need to go. The country is so divided right now that we can't get a plan together. The first thing we have to do is unify,” Ryan said
- Ryan has served eight terms in the U.S. House and unsuccessfully challenged Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for House leadership in 2016. Prior to his congressional service, Ryan was a member of the Ohio State Senate from 2000 to 2002. He earned his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
- Rep. Tim Ryan Says NRA’s Refusal To Talk Gun Control ‘Infuriated Me’ In a video on his campaign website, Ryan is wearing a t-shirt that reads: “We can end gun violence.” He is now a co-sponsor on numerous gun-control bills, including No Guns for Abusers, Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback, Assault Weapons Ban, Bipartisan Background Checks. But he was once a member of the National Rifle Association and had an A-rating from the powerful gun rights lobby group.
- Ryan, a hunter, became disillusioned with the group after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. After the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, Ryan gave a matching amount of his lifetime donations received from the NRA — $20,000 — to three gun-control organizations.
- Climate change is a threat. Does not support the Green New Deal. Move toward renewable energy sources, away from foreign oil.
- Supports the Affordable Care Act and Medicare for All.
- Ryan is a co-sponsor on the 2019 Medicare for All Act to provide universal health care and voted for Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In 2017, Ryan introduced legislation to create a Medicare buy-in option for citizens between 50 and 64 years old.
- Supports DREAM Act. Opposes southern border wall.
Bernie Sanders is an independent member of the U.S. Senate from Vermont who caucuses with the Democratic Party. He formally declared his candidacy for president on February 19, 2019.
- Sanders has focused his campaign on economic issues, including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, a $15 minimum wage, expanding the estate tax, limiting the size of banks, and tuition-free college.
- Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Sanders lectured at Harvard University and Hamilton College in New York, in addition to working as a carpenter and a journalist.
- He was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, from 1981 to 1989 and a member of the U.S. House from 1991 to 2007.
- Bernie Sanders is the only one of the 2020 Democratic candidates who has been unequivocal in his support of Medicare for All, which means he is probably the only candidate who can reasonably be expected to make Medicare for All a legislative priority if he is elected president.
- Climate change: Sanders supports the Green New Deal.
- LGBTQ rights: According to Time, Sanders was “ahead of his time in supporting gay rights” as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont in the 1980s, and he was one of the few Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in the 1990s and opposed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
- Immigration: Sanders has called the Trump administration “heartless” toward immigrants and supports a path to citizenship for DREAMers.
- Gun control: Sanders supports passing an assault weapons ban, stating after the shooting in Parkland, Florida that semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 are “for killing human beings.”
- Health care: One of Sanders’ main policy proposals in the 2016 primary—and one of the clearest marks he has left on the Democratic party—was Medicare-for-All, or, single-payer health care, which would entirely eliminate the privatized health care system.
Eric Swalwell is a Democratic U.S. representative from California. He declared his candidacy for president of the United States on April 8, 2019.
Swalwell's policy proposals include a national and mandatory buyback of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons (exempting law enforcement agencies and gun clubs) and universal background checks for weapons and ammunition purchases. He has also called for no-interest federal student loans, debt-free college for work-study students, and increased investment in curing diseases like ALS and Alzheimer's.
Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. She launched her exploratory presidential committee on December 31, 2018, and formally declared her candidacy on February 9, 2019.
- Warren has focused her campaign on economic issues, including proposing a wealth tax on the wealthiest 75,000 families to partially fund universal childcare, student loan debt relief, the Green New Deal, and Medicare for All.
- Warren's professional experience includes time in both the government and academic sectors. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Warren helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the Obama administration. She also served as the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program from 2008 to 2010.
- Warren worked as a law professor for three decades at several universities, including the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.
- May 17, 2019: Warren released a new abortion policy platform that would seek to create “affirmative, statutory rights” for abortion access and restrict states’ power to prevent a patient from receiving medical care and abortions.
- Wealth tax: Proposed a 2% tax on wealth exceeding $50 million and a 3% tax on wealth above $1 billion.
- Green New Deal: Signed on as a co-sponsor.
- College debt: Proposed a plan in April to eliminate $640 billion in student debt, funded by her wealth tax proposal. The plan would also include universal free public college.
- Medicare For All: Co-sponsored Bernie Sanders' bill in September 2017.
- Capitalism: Said she identifies as a "Democrat capitalist," rather than a "democratic socialist."
- She told Pod Save America she sees "the value of markets ... if they have rules."
- Big Tech: Proposed in March to break up Google, Facebook and Amazon, prohibiting companies with over $25 billion in revenue to act as operators and users of a platform and would install regulators to break-up already-closed mergers.
- Corporate tax: Proposed a 7% tax on companies' profits over $100 million.
- Public lands: Proposed a plan to require more electricity generation to come from renewable sources and called for an end to drilling offshore and on public lands.
- Abortion: Proposed 4-part plan to protect reproductive rights.
Opioid crisis: Proposed a $100 billion plan over the next 10 years to fund first responders, public health departments and states for prevention and rehabilitation services.
- HBCUs: Proposed investing $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities, referencing "the persistent racial wealth gap in our country."
- Climate change: Require the Pentagon to reach net-zero carbon emissions on non-combat bases by 2030.
- Warren has taken heat for claims of Native American heritage. She commissioned a DNA test to prove she had Cherokee ancestry, which she later apologized for. In February, the Washington Post unearthed a State Bar of Texas registration card where she listed her race as American Indian.
- While Elizabeth Warren is by far the second-most progressive of the 2020 Democratic candidates, when it comes to healthcare, she lands closer to more moderate candidates like Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) than she does to Sanders. For Warren, there are a number of possible paths to universal coverage, and some of them might involve the continued dominance of private insurance companies in a marketplace.
- Climate change: Warren recently stated in a video announcing the Climate Risk Disclosure Act, “Climate change is a clear and present danger for our planet. It’s also a looming disaster for our economy.”
- LGBTQ rights: Given that Massachusetts has recognized same-sex marriage since 2004 and even updated their health care laws to guarantee coverage for same-sex couples, it’s not surprising that Warren is an advocate for the LGBTQ community.
- Immigration: Warren has been an outspoken opponent of the Trump administration‘s nationalist, isolationist immigration policies.
- Taxes: Warren has long been a staunch opponent of the large financial institutions who caused the 2008 financial crash—the same institutions (and people) who are benefitting from the 2017 Republican tax overhaul.
- Gun control: Warren supports numerous gun control measures, including expanding background checks and a national assault weapons ban. (A ban is already in place in Massachusetts.)
- Health care: Warren co-sponsored Senator Sanders’s 2017 Medicare for All bill.
Marianne Williamson is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 2020. She entered the race on January 28, 2019.
- Williamson said she wants to bring a moral and spiritual awakening to the United States with her candidacy. S
- She supports Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and $100 billion in reparations for slavery.
- Williamson said that U.S. foreign policy and national security "should be based more on efforts to wage peace than on efforts to prepare for war."
- Williamson is a lecturer and author who has written 12 books,
- Williamson, a "spiritual guru," has no previous political experience.
- Health care: Supports a "Medicare for All model," according to her campaign website.
- Education: Supports universal pre-school and free college.
- Green New Deal: Supports.
- Immigration: She supports DACA and a full path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants with no "serious criminal background."
- Reparations: In an interview with CNN, Williamson called for $100 billion to be paid to African Americans in reparations for slavery, with $10 billion per year distributed over 10 years.
Andrew Yang is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 2020. He filed to run for the office on November 6, 2017.
- The cornerstone of Yang's platform is the universal basic income (UBI).
- Yang describes the UBI as "a form of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money to every citizen within a given governed population, without having to pass a test or fulfill a work requirement."
- Yang's UBI proposal is a payment of $1,000 per month for every adult American citizen.
- I’d start fining gun manufacturers $1 million for each person killed by their weapons. That would get more companies focused on how to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do others harm.
- Foreign policy and defense: Supports NATO, would create a secretary of cybersecurity.
- Social issues: Pro-choice and supports LGBTQ rights.
- Climate change: Yang believes that “[c]limate change is an existential threat to humanity and our way of life.”
- LGBTQ rights: Yang supports LGBTQ rights; he believes that gender identity and sexual orientation should be protected classes, preventing discrimination in employment, housing, etc.
- Immigration: The son of immigrants from Taiwan, it is perhaps no surprise that Yang considers himself pro-immigrant (a position which he calls instinctive).
- Taxes: Yang has proposed introducing a Value-Added Tax (VAT) in the U.S., which would help prevent corporations from moving around money in such a way to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
- Gun control: Of the gun control debate in this country, Yang has tweeted, “I find the thoughts and prayers expression maddening. We don’t elect legislators for their sympathy. We elect them to pass intelligent laws that improve society.”
- Health care: Yang supports Medicare-for-All.
The 23 democrats and Bernie Sanders are all lock step in their far left beliefs. There really isn't much difference between them. They hate America and the American people. They want to change every thing about America. Even do away with the electoral voting. Popularity only, They all believe life is not precious.