As the race to White House heats up, the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates begins to narrow as the field of 20 toward one choice to face off against President Donald Trump in November of 2020.
With the primary and caucus season closing in, the following men and women are emerging as front runners to secure the Democratic nomination.
- Julián Castro: The only Latino contender, Castro is also one of the youngest at 44. His “People First” policy agenda offers a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. His proposed education overhaul would reinvest in public education from pre-K through college.
- Andrew Yang: A businessman who founded Venture for America, Yang, also 44, works to revitalize struggling urban centers by training entrepreneurs in cities such as Detroit and New Orleans. Yang’s platform is a universal basic income, to counteract the effects of automation in the workforce.
- Amy Klobuchar:The 59-year-old Minnesota senator is known for her focus on reform. Klobuchar touts her record of enacting practical laws that have reduced the backlog of rape kits and banned lead in toys. Her understated personality is in sharp contrast to President Trump’s bravado.
- Beto O’Rourke: The 46-year-old former Texas congressman struggles to find his mojo. He fluctuated between immigration reform and climate policy before pivoting to a focus on veterans with a proposed “war tax” on non-military families. However, his frustration over congress’ lack of action on gun legislation may be what gives him relevance.
- Cory Booker: The 50-year-old former mayor of Newark, NJ, boasts a message of love and unity. He’s changed the conversation around federal cannabis legalization and would target the wealth gap by seeding “American Opportunity Accounts” allowing kids from the poorest families to enter adulthood with a nest egg of up to $46,000 to invest in education, home ownership or retirement.
- Pete Buttigieg: The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, IN, is plainspoken and steeped in the values of the Christian left. Featured in a Vogue photo shoot with his husband Chasten, “Mayor Pete” seeks to abolish the Electoral College. While he sprinted from dark-horse status to frontrunner in a few months, he’s lost some momentum lately and needs to reconnect to that earlier energy to be a true contender.
- Kamala Harris: This fearless Howard-University-educated Californian promises executive action to punish pay disparities. She is an established politician who also seeks marijuana legislation and a Green New Deal. She has endorsements from major politicians and continues to poll well.
- Bernie Sanders: The 77-year-old senator from Vermont gets credit for mainstreaming a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free college. His recently introduced the “For the 99.8% Act” would sharply increase the estate tax, including imposing a 77% tax on estates in excess of $1 billion, raising an estimated $315 billion over a decade. An uncompromising champion of Medicare for All, he one-upped Elizabeth Warren by calling for a complete wipeout of the nation’s $1.6 trillion in student debt.
- Elizabeth Warren: The 70-year-old Massachusetts senator wants to wipe out student debt for tens of millions of Americans. A capitalist at heart, Warren spent her career trying to make the system work for working people. She intends to address American inequality with a wealth tax, imposed annually on “ultra-millionaires,” to pay for benefits, including universal free or low-cost childcare, for “yacht-less Americans.”
- Joe Biden: The 76-year-old former vice president touts his government experience and peerless foreign policy credentials. He believes President Trump is an anomaly to the country and the Republican party and seems to be counting on Democratic voters to fall in line with his promises to return to the Obama era.
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