2020 Presidential Candidates

A Who's Who Of The 2020 Democratic Contenders (So Far)

A list of Democrats running in 2020, in alphabetical order.

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Though the presidential race is still a year away, campaign season has already begun, especially for the democrats. So far, eight dems have either announced their candidacies or formed an exploratory committee. Some big names - including Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden - remain off the list, but could be joining the race soon. All in all, these men and women represent the most diversified group of democratic candidates in history.

Pete Buttigieg

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At the age of 29, Pete Buttigieg became mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Now, eight years later, he's running for president in the hopes of a "fresh start" for America, one that will be led by millennials -- a generation he belongs to. His policy standpoints are still unclear, but his work bringing South Bend -- a former industrial center -- into the 21st century demonstrates a focus on higher education and healthcare reform. Though his political resume is short, Buttigieg's background as a Rhodes scholar and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan is impressive. If he were to be elected (chances are slim), he would also be the first openly gay president in history.

Julian Castro

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You may not have heard of Julián Castro before, but for Democrats within the party, his candidacy comes as no surprise. Castro first took public office when he became mayor of San Antonio in 2009, and later joined the Obama administration as the youngest secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The central theme of his platform: opportunity for all, regardless of "who we are or where we come from." Castro aims to expand healthcare access, make early childhood education possible for all children, and take action against climate change. His Cuban background could give him an advantage among Latino voters, but he'll face tough competition against fellow Texan newcomer Beto O'Rourke, should O'Rourke choose to run.

John Delaney

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John Delaney is a former representative of Maryland's sixth district, and the first Democrat that announced his 2020 bid. Originally from New Jersey, Delaney decided to run for public office in 2012 after co-founding two publicly-traded companies. During his time in office, he supported measures that would help out veterans and strengthen public education. Delaney believes that technological innovation, tax reform, and building new infrastructure are essential for America's future. On his website, he lists four principles as the central issues of his campaign: unity, prosperity, security, and justice.

Tulsi Gabbard

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Perhaps the most controversial candidate in the field, Tulsi Gabbard was first elected to Congress in 2012, and has represented Hawaii's second district ever since. Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, was once hailed as the future of the democratic party, but her harsh take on foreign policy in the Middle East and past ties to anti-LGBTQIA groups have since made her an outcast. At 37, Gabbard would also be the youngest woman running. Despite this, her platform is somewhat similar to that of her peers, calling for campaign finance reform, action on climate change, and criminal justice reform. Gabbard advocates for an end to American intervention in Syria as well.

Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand became a New York senator in 2009 to fill the vacancy left by then-Senator Hillary Clinton after she was nominated as secretary of state. Before this, Gillibrand served in Congress, and worked as special counsel to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton administration. During her time in the Senate, she made headway tackling sexual assault in the military and helping to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." As a mother of two sons, Gillibrand has made paid family leave an essential part of her campaign. Though she now fights for liberal causes, Gillibrand was once a centrist Democrat with an "A" rating from the NRA.

Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris, a senator from California, officially announced her candidacy on January 21, just over a week ago. As the first female African American attorney general of California, and the second African American woman elected to the Senate, Harris is no stranger to breaking barriers. She gained notoriety in 2018 when, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she grilled former Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearings. Harris is a proponent of Medicare for All and believes in cutting taxes for the middle class. However, her rising popularity could be endangered by her confusing record as a state prosecutor, which critics argue leans more conservative than progressive.

Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren became senator of Massachusetts in 2013, and has since made a name for herself as a leading progressive within the Democratic party. Her experiences growing up in a middle-class family from Oklahoma, as well as her extensive law career, have made her a champion for economic fairness. Warren aims for the typical American voter when she empathizes with class struggle and calls for an end to corporate influence in Washington. Though she's made significant strides in her career, Warren recently came under fire after releasing DNA test results proving her Native American ancestry in response to President Trump's name-calling her "Pocahontas."

Andrew Yang

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A political newcomer, Andrew Yang is a New York businessman and former tech executive. He is known for founding Venture for America, a nonprofit organization that trains recent college graduates to launch and work for startups in up-and-coming cities across the United States. His campaign slogan, "Humanity First," echoes his idea that automation (think robots) will soon be taking over millions of jobs, creating record-breaking unemployment levels. The solution: universal basic income (UBI), or 18,000 dollars a month for every adult over 18. Yang proposes that UBI would be paid for by taxing the companies "benefiting most from automation."

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The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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