All Of The Candidates Vying For The White House In 2020, So Far

All Of The Candidates Vying For The White House In 2020, So Far

Want to know who's running for president in 2020? Everyone says they don't have the time to research candidates, so I did it for you!

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One of the main reasons people give for not voting is the lack of knowledge they have of candidates. Though there is still time for more candidates to announce their running, here are some details on everyone who has entered the race thus far.

Donald Trump, Republican, Age 73

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Donald Trump is running as the incumbent president, former businessman, real estate developer, and reality television personality. He considers his large tax cuts, undoing of the Affordable Care Act, and tightening of immigration to be his biggest accomplishment in the very active first half of his presidency. Though he faces several legal investigations, no evidence of collusion in regards to the Russian interference of the 2016 election has been found. He will be campaigning for reelection with an emphasis on continuing his immigration reform and his proposed healthcare plan. Though details are still very scarce, he says it will be the "on full display during the election."

William Weld, Republican, Age 72

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After working as an attorney, federal prosecutor, and Governor of Massachusetts, William Weld is now running for president in 2020. Weld ran for Vice President with Gary Johnson during the 2016 elections and was a well-known critic of Trump at the time. Weld has repeatedly stated that he is running to represent more moderate conservatives. The issues he is likely going to deal with during his campaign are his desire for increased fiscal restraint, a more moderate stance on immigration reform, and the steps which must be taken to legalize marijuana nationally.

Joe Biden, Democrat, Age 76

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Joe Biden is the former vice president under the Obama administration and former Delaware senator. This would be Biden's third run for the presidency; Biden ran in 2008 and 1988. Biden is one of the most well-known figures within the Democratic party and is focusing his campaign on building upon the Affordable Care Act, restoring America's global presence, and protecting low-income workers. Biden's announcement heavily referenced the need to stop a second term for President Trump.

Cory Booker, Democrat, Age 49

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Booker has been New Jersey senator since 2013, is the first black senator from New Jersey, and former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Booker has one of the largest donor bases and is known for his eloquent speeches. He's led many Senate debates on reforming the criminal justice system and will be running his campaign on a platform of unifying Americans.

Pete Buttigieg, Democrat, Age 37

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Pete Buttigieg is a former Navy intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan and is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He has been the incumbent mayor since 2012 and has very high approval ratings within South Bend. Buttigieg would be the first openly gay President and is a major supporter of gay rights and sexual equality. Buttigieg will be basing his campaign on his political work in favor of creating legislation for climate change and economic opportunity for the middle class.

Julian Castro, Democrat, Age 44

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Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Castro was the youngest member of Obama's cabinet. Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio but has not done much political work during the Trump presidency. He has been traveling the country supporting Democratic leaders but remains vague in what this entailed. His platform is built around universal prekindergarten, Medicare for all, and the need for major immigration reform.

John Delaney, Democrat, Age 56

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Though he was one of the first Democrats to announce his campaign for president, Delaney still remains one of the least known candidates. Delaney is a businessman and former Maryland congressman. He is a strong proponent of universal healthcare and free college. But Delaney is more moderate than other Democratic candidates, with a mix of conservative and liberal stances. He has been using his mixed bag of positions as the basis for branding himself as the bipartisan candidate.

Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat, Age 38

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Gabbard is a National Guard veteran and the first Samoan American, as well as first Hindu member of Congress. The Hawaii native supported Bernie Sanders very vocally in the 2016 primaries but is more known for her history of anti-gay statements. She has since apologized for her statements and work with anti-gay lobbying groups. Gabbard's political career has been focused on reducing military intervention overseas.

Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat, Age 52

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Former lawyer, Congresswoman, and current New York Senator, Gillibrand is one of the Senate's most vocal Democrats. Gillibrand's has led the fight against sexual violence within the military and sexual harassment. Her campaign seems as though it is going to be centered around women's equality and sexual violence in America.

Kamala Harris, Democrat, Age 54

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Harris is currently a California Senator, former Attorney General, and former District Attorney. Kamala Harris gained media attention after being one of the few Democratic Senators elected in 2016 and for her tough questioning of President Trump's political appointees. Her campaign will be rooted in her work for the middle class, with her middle-class tax cut legislation. Harris's campaign will likely be heavily reliant on her quest for equality within the U.S. and expansion of civil rights.

John Hickenloopper, Democrat, Age 67

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Former Governor of Colorado and Congressman, Hickenlooper is also a former geologist who got rich off his brewery before making his way into politics. Hickenlooper is known for his work with both Republicans and Democrats, making him a strong candidate among moderates and independents. His campaign platform, though unclear yet will likely rely on uniting people towards progressive ideals.

Jay Inslee, Democrat, Age 68

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Jay Inslee is an author, lawyer, former Congressman, and current governor of Washington. He is known for his environmental policies and calls to action regarding climate change. Much like his campaign for governor, Inslee's presidential campaign is looking like it will be very heavily reliant on creating green-energy jobs and viable climate change solutions.

Amy Klobuchar, Democrat, Age 58

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The former lawyer and current Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar, became well known on the political scene after her questioning of Brett M. Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. Klobuchar has championed legislation to combat the opioid crisis and drug addiction issues in rural areas and also created legislation to address the cost of prescription drugs. These were apart of her very vocal effort to address the issues of the midwest and middle America.

Wayne Messam, Democrat, Age 44

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Messam is Mayor of Miramar, Florida as well as a businessman. Messam is a first-generation American born from two Jamaican parents and has very progressive views on immigration, gun control, health care, and environmental issues. Messam has proposed canceling the more than $1.5 trillion in student debt owed by 44 million Americans and is heavily building his platform on making college more affordable.

Seth Moulton, Democrat, Age 40

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Congressman from Massachusetts and former Marine Corps officer in the Iraq War, Seth Moulton has been in the House since 2014. Moulton, though a Democrat, is known for leading an effort in opposition of the re-election of Nancy Pelosi. Moulton has made his four tours in Iraq a key part of his platform, as he is calling for a new approach to foreign policy, national security, and defense. His call for improved national security relies on investing in technology and modern solutions as opposed to simply ramping up national security.

Beto O'Rourke, Democrat, 46

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Beto O'Rourke is a businessman, former Texas Congressman to the 16th district, and runner up in the 2018 Texas Senate elections. He is known for his desire to create national unity, as well as work for immigration reform, marijuana legalization, and rural hospital access. Like Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke is also very popular among young Democrats. Moreover, he is seen as a Democratic superstar, capable of raising large sums of money as seen in his Texas Senate campaign.

Tim Ryan, Democrat, Age 45

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Tim Ryan is a Congressman from Ohio, former Congressional Staffer, and was runner up to Nancy Pelosi in 2016 for the House Minority Leader position. He has served as a Congressman since 2003 and considers himself a voice for blue-collar voters in the Midwest. Because of his strong connection to blue-collar workers, he is building his platform on renegotiating trade deals to favor the American working class, punishing Chinese currency manipulation, and enforcing unions’ rights and workforce development to build a stronger economy.

Bernie Sanders, Democrat, Age 77

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Sanders is a self-described democratic-socialist, current Senator from Vermont, previous Congressman, and runner up in the 2016 Democratic primary. He wants to provide Medicare for all when expanding social security, free college tuition for all students, and wants to lessen the influence of what he calls "the billionaires." Sanders is especially popular among 18 to 22-year-olds within the Democratic party and holds many rallies at colleges.

Eric Swalwell, Democrat, Age 38

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California Congressman for the 15th district and member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee, Eric Swalwell continuously stresses his experience as a prosecutor investigating the Trump administration and is very vocal within his positions. Seen discussing current issues as a guest on many cable news channels, Swalwell proposes funding for innovation in medical research and has pushed for a national ban on assault weapons.

Elizabeth Warren, Democrat, Age 69

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Elizabeth Warren is a former Harvard professor and is currently serving as the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She is also recognized as one of America's top experts on bankruptcy law and the financial pressures facing middle-class families. As her previous experiences suggest, Warren's platform focuses on income inequality within the U.S. and what she sees as a middle class under attack from big corporations and political corruption. Her campaign has been picking up a surprisingly large amount of traction early on because of her emphasis on these issues.

Marianne Williamson, Democrat, Age 66

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Marianne Williamson is a self-help author, new age lecturer, and activist. Williamson has written 13 books, four of which have been number one New York Times Best Sellers. Some of her work includes the founding of Project Angel Food. Project Angel Food is a food delivery program, run by volunteers, which serves home-bound people with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Marianne Williamson has proposed the government fund $100 billion in reparations for slavery and an expanded budget for economic and education projects.

Andrew Yang, Democrat, Age 44

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Yang is the founder and former executive of Venture for America, an economic development nonprofit. The Obama administration selected him as the 2012 "Champion of Change" for his philanthropy work and also selected him in 2015 to be the Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. His main platform is his desire to establish a basic universal income of $1,000 a month funded by the government. Though this is seeming to be his main campaign promise if elected, he is also known for his passion and vocalizing of issues dealing with technology and the future of artificial intelligence.

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.

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I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Yes, I'm A Feminist, No I Don't Hate All Men

Because if we want to promote equality, why fight that with mass hating a particular gender?

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I'd like to consider myself a feminist.

I am all for equal opportunity, equal pay, and equal rights. I believe that women should be granted the equal opportunities that males do, be free of harassment, not be scared to exist literally just because of their gender, have reproductive rights, be taken seriously when we think something is medically wrong with us, and be treated with the same respect and dignity as men do. Just because I believe all these things, however, doesn't mean I automatically hate men.

I've seen a big increase in trends that, just for men existing, people will post about how "men ain't shit," or how men ultimately suck just because of their gender. When reflecting upon this, however, I've come to realize isn't this a step in the wrong direction?

Obviously, I can't continue on until I say this: there is, in fact, times where men can really suck. White men in positions of power abusing that, men who are rapists, men who meddle in women's reproductive rights, abusers, men who think it's okay and even funny to harass others, etc. But it all comes down to this: just because you're a man doesn't mean I automatically hate you, and I don't think others should.

Sure, as mentioned above, there are garbage humans who abuse their positions of power as men in order to get what they want. THOSE are the people I hate, not others for existing just because they are men. When in reality, there are a lot of good men who recognize their positions of power and try and make up for it by advocating for those in need of advocacy, whether they are women or even minorities. There are men who are decent human beings, whether that is being nice to others, volunteering in their community, caring for those around them, or even men who are also feminists.

I think my argument has been made pretty clear: I do not and will not hate you just because you are a man. No one gets to choose whichever gender they are, so why should I hate a group of people for just being born male? If I want to promote equality as a feminist, why should I then believe that I am better because I am female? Why should I say I believe in equal treatment between genders, yet automatically hate you because you're a man?

So yes, some men truly, "ain't shit." I believe these men, however, are not good human beings. Men aren't terrible just because they are men, and I ultimately wish that those promoting total equality would realize that we cannot strive towards equal treatment, opportunities, and pay if we continue clumping one group together under the impression of, "they're men, they're terrible."

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