By: Stephen Vellecca
The 2020 presidential elections are a trending topic of the media currently, with the race fast approaching. As the primaries are coming up, the candidate list has thinned out to the final competitors for their parties bids. Here is a summary of all the candidates for each party running in the primaries this November:
Beto ‘O’ Rourke:
Beto ‘O’’ Rourke was virtually unknown three years ago but rose to national prominence in the 2018 midterms when he (unsuccessfully) challenged Ted C former presidential candidate Ted Cruz for his Senate seat. Mr. ‘O’ Rourke in recent weeks has made Gun Control the foremost issue of his campaign and preaches a mandatory “buyback” system of Ak-47s that will force U.S. citizens to sell their Ak-47s and other weapons deemed “weapons of war by the Democrats” to the government.
Pete Buttigieg is one of the youngest candidates seeking the presidency in 2020. He is a Veteran of the War in Afghanistan and is currently serving as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. His message right now is mainly geared towards the millennial and younger generations. His platforms include government protection of employees, the elimination of student debts, and protecting voter rights. He has the potential to be a very popular “rising star” candidate who can campaign as an outsider.
Elizabeth Warren is a professor of law and a United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She is one of the more popular progressives in the race, constantly competing with Bernie Sanders for the progressive vote. Her “I have a plan for that” campaign has been popular with the younger generation as well as academic progressives and Democratic women. Her main platforms include eliminating the Electoral College, “fighting” banks, corporations and billionaires, which includes an “ultra-millionaire Tax that would place higher taxes on the wealthier families in the U.S. in hopes to generate more revenue for the government and Medicare-for-all. Before and during the election she was accused of lying about her heritage to gain political points, something she ultimately apologized for.
Senator Bernie Sanders has once again entered the Presidential race to finish what he started in 2016. A self-proclaimed “Democratic-Socialist,” he promises many of the same things as Elizabeth Warren and promises Medicare-for-all, free college and healthcare, raising the minimum wage and a tax on the rich. He believes billionaires should not exist and has been praised as a champion of workers rights. Many believe the 78 year old Senator is too old to run; however, he has dismissed these claims as “ageist.”
Joe Biden, a former U.S. Senator and Vice President under President Barack Obama has been the Democratic frontrunner for months now and is hoping his years under Obama will carry him to the nomination in 2020. However, more than once he has been attacked for his actions as a Senator and Vice President by the media and the other candidates, the most memorable being from Kamala Harris when she heckled him for his position on “busing” in the 1970s. Joe Biden represents the older generation and almost finds himself abandoned by his own party, unable to keep up with the progressive movement that has consumed it. He supports a public healthcare option, but also wants to keep private options open, as well. He also supports abortion rights, the passage of the Equality Act, and a voluntary buy back program of assault weapons.
Donald Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States. Right now, he is the only prominent candidate running for the Republican nomination and will most likely receive it as most incumbent presidents do. Trump will be running on the “hot” economy, as he describes it, which has seen low unemployment for all Americans including African Americans, women and latinos. Trump will most likely tout his foreign policy initiatives which include a new trade deal, the USMCA, denucleariztion talks with North Korea, and the push for the international decriminliation of homosexuality. The biggest obstacles facing the president in 2020 will be, at times, false or exaggerated) accusations that he is a racist, homophobe, or that he has committed treason by conspiring with other countries to commit election fraud. The president’s desire to always speak his mind has gotten him in trouble in the past and it is likely to get him in trouble in the ever fast approaching election season. Either way, it is going to be a very interesting year.