Presidential Candidates

Democratic Candidates

  1. Michael Bennet
  2. Joe Biden
  3. Michael Bloomberg
  4. Cory Booker
  5. Pete Buttigieg
  6. Julian Castro
  7. Bill de Blasio – On September 20, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
  8. John Delaney
  9. Tulsi Gabbard
  10. Kirsten Gillibrand – On August 28, 2019, she suspended her campaign for President
  11. Kamala Harris – On November 3, 2019, she suspended her campaign for President
  12. John Hickenlooper – On August 15, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
  13. Jay Inslee – On August 21, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
  14. Amy Klobuchar
  15. Wayne Messam
  16. Seth Moulton – On August 23, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
  17. Richard Ojada – In January 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
  18. Beto O’Rourke – On November 1, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
  19. Bernie Sanders
  20. Tom Steyer
  21. Eric Swalwell – In July 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
  22. Elizabreth Warren
  23. Marianne Williamson
  24. Andrew Yang

Republican Candidates

  1. Donald Trump
  2. William Weld
  3. Joe Walsh
  4. Mark Sanford

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1 – Michael Bennet, 54

Senator from Colorado

Michael Bennet

“I think having one more voice in that conversation that’s focused on America’s future, I don’t think would hurt.”

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2 – Joe Biden, 76

Former Vice President

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  • Endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters
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3 – Michael Bloomberg, 77

Former Mayor of New York City

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4 – Cory Booker, 49

US Senator of New Jersey

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  • He was elected to the Newark City Council in 1998 and rose through the ranks to become mayor of Newark in 2006.
  • Elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election on Oct. 16, 2013 and then reelected in 2014
  • Booker serves on the Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Environment and Public Works committees
  • Freshly graduated from the elite Ivy League in New Haven, Booker picked up and moved to a housing project in Newark. This decision molded into the reputation he developed as a hands-on mayor. The senator still lives in Newark, having spent two decades as a resident of the city. He lives in the basement apartment of his brother’s townhouse.
  • Booker isn’t married, nor is he in a publicly-disclosed relationship, and if elected, he would be the first bachelor president in over a century
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5 – Pete Buttigieg, 37

Present mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Pete Buttigieg

“I have more years of experience in government than the president of the United States does, I have more years of executive experience than the vice president of the United States has, and I have more military experience than the two of them put together,”

  • An American combat veteran who served in the war in Afghanistan
  • He is serving as the 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012.
  • Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University, a Rhodes Scholar
  • Pete Buttigieg on Late Term Abortion
    • Buttigieg: I think the dialogue has gotten so caught up on where you draw the line that we’ve gotten away from the fundamental question of who gets to draw the line and I trust women to draw the line when it’s their own health
    • Chris Wallace: So just to be clear, you’re saying you would be okay with a woman, well into the third trimester deciding to abort her pregnancy.
    • Buttigieg: Look, these hypotheticals are usually set up in order to provoke a strong emotional
    • Wallace: It’s not hypothetical, there are 6,000 women a year who get abortions in the third trimester.
    • Buttigieg: That’s right, representing less than 1 percent of cases. So let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a woman in that situation. If it’s that late in your pregnancy, then almost by definition, you’ve been expecting to carry it to term. We’re talking about women who have perhaps chosen a name. Women who have purchased a crib, families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime, something about the health or the life of the mother or viability of the pregnancy that forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice. And the bottom line is as horrible as that choice is, that woman, that family may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance, but that decision is not going to be made any better, medically or morally, because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.”
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6 – Julian Castro – 44

Former housing secretary; former mayor of San Antonio

Julian Castro

“I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership. Because it’s time for new energy.”

  • Opted out of challenging Senator Ted Cruz for the Senate in the 2018 midterm elections.
  • Once a rising political star, has struggled to find a role during the Trump administration.
  • Money could be an issue, especially if former Representative Beto O’Rourke, a small donor magnet, also mounts a bid.
  • SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has emphasized a platform of universal prekindergarten, “Medicare for all” and immigration reform.
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    7 – Bill de Blasio – 56

    Mayor of New York City

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    • On September 20, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President

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    8 – John Delaney – 55

    Former congressman from Maryland; former businessman

    John Delaney

    “I think I’m the right person for the job, but not enough people knew who I was or still know who I am.”

    • Was elected to the House in 2012 as a “pragmatic idealist,” in his telling.
    • Has been running aggressively since 2017.
    • Has already visited every county in Iowa, though it’s unclear if he has improved his long-shot prospects.
    • SIGNATURE ISSUES: Has pitched himself as a bipartisan problem-solver, but has also endorsed liberal causes like universal healthcare.

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    9 – Tulsi Gabbard, 37

    Congresswoman from Hawaii; Army National Guard veteran

    Tulsi Gabbard

    “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve.”

    • Supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries.
    • Has drawn condemnation for meeting with Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians.
    • Has apologized for her history of anti-gay statements and her past work for an anti-gay advocacy group.
    • SIGNATURE ISSUE: Opposition to American military intervention overseas, including in countries like Syria.

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    10 – Kirsten Gillibrand, 52

    Senator from New York; former congresswoman

    Kirsten Gillibrand

    “I’m going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom I am going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would fight for my own.”

    • On August 28, 2019, she suspended her campaign for President
    • Was once a congresswoman from a conservative House district (with policy positions to match).
    • Has transformed herself into a progressive champion in President Trump’s Washington, becoming one of the Senate’s leading liberal voices.
    • SIGNATURE ISSUE: Has long placed women’s equality and opportunity at the center of her policy agenda.

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    11 – Kamala Harris, 54

    Senator from California; former attorney general of California; former San Francisco district attorney

    Kamala Harris

    “I believe our country wants and needs some leadership that provides a vision of the country in which everyone could see themselves.”

    • Would bring a star power and history-making potential to the race that few other Democrats can match.
    • One of few new Democrats to join the Senate after 2016.
    • Quickly drew notice for her tough questioning of President Trump’s cabinet nominees — and later, his Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh.
    • SIGNATURE ISSUES: Unveiled middle-class tax cut legislation last fall, and has championed a liberal civil-rights agenda in the Senate.

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    12 – John Hickenlooper, 67

    Governor of Colorado until Jan 8, 2019

    John Nickenlooper

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    • On August 15, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
    • He is considering a run for the Colorado Senate

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    13 – Jay Inslee, 68

    Governor of Washington State

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    • On August 21, 2019, he suspended his campaign for President
    • He is considering a run for a third term of Governor of Washington State
    • He grew up in the Seattle area and married his high school sweetheart, Trudi. The couple has three sons and three grandchildren.
    • He earned degrees from Willamette University, Willamette University College of Law and from the University of Washington.
    • He practiced law in Selah, Washington, for 10 years.
    • He was elected to the Washington state legislature in 1988 and re-elected in 1990.
    • In 1992 Inslee was elected to represent the 4th Congressional District. According to his website, he later moved back to the Seattle area and was elected to Congress in 1998 where he
      served until 2012. He served on the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
    • In 2012, Inslee was elected Washington’s 23rd governor.
    • As governor, Inslee created a Clean Energy Fund, which has invested more than $100 million in developing energy technologies and growing clean energy businesses and jobs.
    • His state’s attorney general filed a lawsuit in 2017 on behalf of the state of Washington challenging the Trump Administration’s order to ban entry into the country of people from
      seven Muslim-majority countries.
    • According to his website, Inslee is an avid cyclist and hiker.

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    14 – Amy Klobuchar, 58

    Senator from Minnesota; a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota’s affiliate of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the Hennepin County Attorney.

    Amy Klobuchar

    “Investing in clean green energy is our future. We must do it for our climate, and we must lead in the world.”

    • Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School
    • She was a corporate lawyer in Minneapolis until being elected county attorney for Hennepin County in 1998, making her responsible for all criminal prosecution in Minnesota’s most populous county
    • She was first elected to the Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota’s first elected female United States Senator, and was reelected in 2012 and 2018
    • She is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal

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    17 – Richard Ojeda, 48 – No Longer Running

    Former West Virginia state senator; military veteran

    Richard Ojeda
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    18 – Beto O’Rourke, 47 – No Longer Running

    Former Representative from Texas’s 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019

    Beto O'Rourke
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    18 – Bernie Sanders, 77

    Independent Senator from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, is running as a Democrat.

    Bernie Sanders

    “What my campaign is about is a political revolution – millions of people standing up and saying, enough is enough. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the hand full of billionaires.”

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    20 – Tom Steyer, 62

    An American billionaire hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, liberal activist, and fundraiser

    Tom Steyer

    “The other Democratic candidates for President have many great ideas that will absolutely move our country forward, but we won’t be able to get any of those done until we end the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy,”

    • During the 2016 election, Steyer gave about $65 million to support Democratic candidates and environmental causes, according to Forbes.

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    21 – Eric Swalwell, 38

    Dropped our July 8, 2019

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    22 – Elizabeth Warren, 69

    Senator from Massachusetts; former Harvard professor

    Elizabeth Warren

    “It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top.”

    • Has done some of the most extensive preparations for a presidential run.
    • Attempted to dispatch questions about her Native American heritage by releasing the results of a DNA test.
    • That effort raised questions about her readiness for a national bid.
    • SIGNATURE ISSUES: Income inequality and what she sees as a middle class under attack from big corporations and political corruption.

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    24 – Andrew Yang, 44

    Former tech executive who founded an economic development nonprofit

    Andrew Yang

    “Universal basic income is an old idea, but it’s an old idea that right now is uniquely relevant because of what we’re experiencing in society.”

    • Is running a long-shot campaign on a proposal to establish a universal basic income funded by the government.
    • Has drawn some media attention for highlighting tech issues like robotics and artificial intelligence.
    • SIGNATURE ISSUE: Establishing a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for all Americans.

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    Republican Candidates

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    1 – Donald Trump, 72

    Current US President

    Donald Trump

    “There was no Quid pro quo” with Ukraine”

    • Quid pro quo
      • Why does Donald Trump keep talking about “no quid pro quo” like it’s a defense?
      • “Quid pro quo” is not required for it to be a crime.
      • Federal law prohibits a foreign national from directly or indirectly making a “contribution or donation of money or other thing of value” in connection with a U.S. election, AND PROHIBITS A PERSON FROM SOLICITING, ACCEPTING OR RECEIVING SUCH A CONTRIBUTION OR DONATION FROM A NATIONAL POWER.
      • And the FEC by regulation defines “solicit” to mean “to ask, request, or recommend, explicitly or implicitly, that another person make a contribution, donation, transfer of funds, or otherwise provide anything of value.”
    • On September 24, 2019, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump
    • More than three-quarters of House Democrats have come out in support of an inquiry as Trump’s Ukraine scandal grows
    • On September 24, 2019, the US Senate voted 100-0 to release the Trump whistleblower complaint about the Ukraine scandal
    • SIGNATURE ISSUE: A Border Wall (which has been called “his vanity wall) along the southern border.

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    2 – William Weld, 72

    Former Governor of Massachusetts

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    3 – Joe Walsh, 57

    He served one term in the United States House of Representatives for Illinois’ 8th congressional district

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    • Conservative talk radio host and politician
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    • When asked if he was to primary Donald Trump and a Democrat gets election if he was OK with that and his answer was yes, because “Donald Trump cannot get reelected”
    • In a blistering rebuke of President Donald Trump, former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh apologized for his role in helping Trump reach the White House and called for a primary challenger to take him on in 2020.
    • “In Mr. Trump, I see the worst and ugliest iteration of views I expressed for the better part of a decade,” Walsh wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times, adding that the president is a “racial arsonist who encourages bigotry and xenophobia to rouse his base and advance his electoral prospects.”

    • Quotes:
      • When asked if he believes the 25th Amendment should be invoked against Donald Trump, he said: “It should be looked at . . . We’ve never had a situation like this. You can’t believe a word Trump says. And again, I don’t care your politics ― that should concern you. He’s nuts. He’s erratic. He’s cruel. He stokes bigotry. He’s incompetent . . . he’s a narcissist . . . The only thing he cares about is Trump. He doesn’t give a damn about America.”

        “Why did I decide to primary @realDonaldTrump and put myself out there to be pounded by the Trumpists? Because I’m tired of a President who’s teaching millions of American children everyday that it’s okay to lie & bully people.

        “Why did I decide to primary @realDonaldTrump? Because he welcomed & encouraged Russian interference in 2016, he lied & ordered others to lie, and he obstructed the investigation into Russian interference. Trump should be impeached.

        “Why did I decide to primary @realDonaldTrump? Because when he was told about the skyrocketing debt & deficits, he said he didn’t give a damn because he’d be long gone when the bill hits. Because all Trump cares about is Trump.”

        “Why? Why primary @realDonaldTrump and put myself out there to get beat up and called every name under the sun? Because Trump is an unfit con man who’s tweeting this country into a recession. Because it’s time to #BeBrave. Go to www.joewalsh.org Contribute & #BeBrave too”

        “Friends, I’m in. We can’t take four more years of Donald Trump. And that’s why I’m running for President. It won’t be easy, but bravery is never easy. But together, we can do it. Join me… join us. Let’s show the world we’re ready to be brave.”

    • SIGNATURE ISSUE: “We can not afford 4 more years of Donald Trump . . . Donald Trump cannot get reelected”

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    4 – Mark Sanford, 59

    Former Governor of South Carolina and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives

    Mark Sanford

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