Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Candidates

Everything You Need To Know About The 2020 Presidential Candidates So Far

It's never too early to get to know your candidates, ladies and gents.

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The 2020 Presidential election will be the first election that I will vote in and I am stoked! People may think that it's weird that I'm excited to vote, but I've been waiting to vote in a presidential election ever since I was 15 years old, so when I turned 18, I begged my mom to take me to register to vote, even though it didn't take much convincing because she said she was going to take me regardless of if I wanted to register or not. When Twitter was lighting up with talks about Bernie Sanders possibly running for office in 2020, I decided to research (thankful for Google) the candidates who already announced their run for office because as a first-time voter, it's my civic duty to know who I'm voting for when the time comes in less than a year.

1. Senator Elizabeth Warren

The 69-year-old Democratic Senator of Massachusetts is also a former Harvard bankruptcy law professor and adviser to President Barack Obama. Senator Warren had to release an apology to Cherokee leaders for igniting confusion because of her 2018 DNA test results proving that she has Native American blood. If she sparked confusion over a DNA test, will she spark confusion in office if elected?

2. Julian Castro

The 44-year-old former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and member of the Obama Administration is/was the mayor of San Antonio, Texas and would be the first Latino president of the United States if elected. Castro is a longtime supporter of LGBTQ rights and early childhood education, as well. I need to know, do you stan "Baby Shark" Mr. Castro?

3. House Representative Tulsi Gabbard

The 37-year-old House Representative for parts of Hawaii and Iraq War veteran. Gabbard was socially conservative (which she received backlash for), but now sings a different tune and is pro-choice and supports same-sex marriage. If she changed her tune outside of her candidacy, will she change her tune if elected?

4. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

The 52-year-old New York Democrat and 2-term senator called for President Trump's resignation over sexual assault allegations (which he denied and he's still in office, if that lets you know anything). She's super vocal on gun reform and advocates for the rights of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Advocating for the rights of women while in office? You're a solid maybe, Senator Gillibrand.

5. Senator Kamala Harris

This 54-year-old Democrat from California acknowledged Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to seek the Presidential nomination in 1972. Harris is a former prosecutor who supports criminal justice reform. I can get behind reforming the criminal justice system, Kamala.

6. Pete Buttigieg

The 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana and the first openly LGBTQ candidate. He announced his run in a tweet. If that's not the most 2019 thing ever, I don't know what is. He's also the notable underdog candidate, so who knows how this could come out?

7. Senator Cory Booker

The 49-year-old New Jersey Senator was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey in 2006 and then assumed a Senate seat in 2013. Senator Booker endorsed the bipartisan legislation and added an amended to limit the usage of solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody. Another candidate who supports criminal justice reform? I stan.

8. Senator Amy Klobuchar

The 58-year-old Minnesota Democrat and 3-term senator. She supports universal health care, wants to combat climate change, and wants to expand voter registration access. Those are some principles that I can get behind, Senator Klobuchar.

9. Governor Jay Inslee

This 68-year-old Washington governor is not scared to vocalize his opinions on climate change. Governor Inslee says that he is the only candidate who will make defeating climate change America's number one priority. A vocal president? Well, we've already got one, so would you be better or worse?

10. Governor John Hickenlooper

The 67-year-old former governor of Colorado wants to expand pre-k, create more jobs, and lead to the state through natural disasters. Excuse me governor, but how exactly do you lead the state through a natural disaster? Will you go to all places affected and help rebuild destroyed communities; like one by one: door to door? And creating more jobs is something every president ever has preached about, what makes you so sure you'll get it done?

11. Beto O'Rourke

This 46-year-old Texas native made the news with his run back in 2018 against Ted Cruz by a slim (and very slim) margin. Although he lost, he won the hearts of many people. Politics is in Beto's blood as his father was the El Paso County commissioner back in the late 70s and 80s. Beto also raised $6.1 million within 24 hours after he announced his presidential bid. I'll place a few bets on Beto if I do say so myself.

12. John Delaney

The 55-year-old is a former Maryland congressman who served 3-terms and was a first-generation college student for his family. He is dubbed as a self-made millionaire as he publically traded financial companies back in 2012 and began his political career a year later. Delany's main points of focus on his campaign trail are healthcare, immigration, infrastructure, pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ rights, trade, and foreign policy. Another businessman in office? I'll have to think about it.

13. Senator Bernie Sanders

The man. They myth. The legend. The 77-year-old senator is running independently; Bernie who lost the nomination to former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton in 2016, but his legacy lived on as he was who many people wanted. Bernie is for universal health care and free public college, as well. There were rumors for a long time in 2018 if he would seek another run for office and Twitter basically exploded when he announced his candidacy. I guess it's time for people to "Feel the Bern" again.

14. Wayne Messam

This 44-year-old Democratic candidate from Florida announced his run in March. Messam plans to focus on canceling trillions of dollars in student debt. He believes that the American dream is going away for most Americans and wants them to meet their needs. If elected, he will be the second African-American president in office since former President Barack Obama.

15. Bill Weld

The 73-year-old Republican nominee from Massachusetts shared a Vice President with Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party. Weld is the only person (that I could find) who is running against Donald Trump within the Republican party; Weld's even called Trump unstable. Although he's blasting Trump (and gives 0 whats about what people have to say), he still has conservative/economic views but thinks of himself as an extremist for both fiscal and social policies. I will be tuning into the Republican debate to watch these two go at it because I have a feeling that it will be a funny show.

16. Marianne Williamson

The 66-year-old Democratic nominee from Houston, Texas whose father was an immigration lawyer. Williamson grew up in a liberal household but was aware of social injustices. Her resume is very extensive (she is a non-denominational spiritualist) who is all about people. A week ago, she said that she lacked 40,000 people to qualify for the DNC debates and used Instagram to ask for more people to help her get there. I had no idea who she was (still slightly have no clue), she seems chill enough to make it on my list of maybes.

17. Andrew Yang

The 44-year-old Democratic candidate from New York is not a politician; he's an entrepreneur. He studied at Columbia Law School and Brown University, both very dignified institutions. Yang was awarded the Champion of Change in 2012 and a Presidental Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015 during the Obama Administration. Yang is very clear about one thing: he is fearful for the future of the United States of America. Me, too Andrew, me, too.

18. President Donald Trump

The current POTUS who won over Hillary Clinton in 2016. He will be running against people from his own party/administration. Trump began his re-election run in 2017, which is strange. Does that mean he's not confident enough or too confident? Both are very damaging attributes, just saying.

19. Honorable Mention: Joe Biden

76-year-old former Vice President of the United States and the other half of the Obama/Biden bromance memes. Biden believes that he is the most qualified (and many people agree with him), but he said that he doesn't know if he'll seek office in 2020. I personally love Joe Biden and I won $5 in the 5th grade because I was the only person who knew that he was the VP was at the time.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?

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This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

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