2020 Elections
The 2020 Presidential Election will be the polar opposite of 2016. In 2020 we will see north of 20 Democrats candidates as we saw the same flood of Republican candidates in 2016. Donald Trump 'should' be the Republican nominee as the incumbent President, but may get a primary challenge or two, given the 'never Trumper' crowd in the Republican party. Below we will list the growth of the 2020 field, as it develops. Declared candidates to date: John Delaney, Andrew Yang, Tulis Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Howard Schultz, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar ...

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

2/19/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
2/19/19:

Independent Vermont senator joins growing list of candidates seeking Democratic nomination.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday joined the burgeoning field of candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to take on “the powerful special interests that dominate our economic and political life.” Mr. Sanders, who battled Hillary Clinton for the nomination three years ago, will return to the presidential stage with a loyal group of supporters and arguably the strongest online fundraising machine in Democratic politics. But unlike 2016, he will need to compete for the party’s most liberal voters in a large and unpredictable field vying to challenge President Trump. The independent senator announced his campaign in an email and a video posted on his Twitter account, telling his supporters, “Real change never takes place from the top on down, but always from the bottom on up.” He asked in the email for his loyalists to join “an unprecedented and historic grass roots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.” He called the president “the most dangerous president in modern American history.”

Sen. Sanders is the sixth senator to seek the party’s nomination and is the 12th candidate to announce plans for a White House run. The field could grow even larger with the arrival of potential candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. The self-described democratic socialist will also serve as a bigger target for detractors. During his State of the Union address, Mr. Trump railed against the “new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” taking a shot at advocates for expansive government policies that include Mr. Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), a prominent new member of Congress.

Now 77 years old, Sanders was the popular choice for Democratic primary voters under age 30 and served as the driving force behind a leftward push within the party on a number of policy issues that have become part of the party’s mainstream, including a Medicare-for-all health-care system, efforts to provide free college tuition for students and dramatic steps to curb the effects of climate change, some of which has been embodied in the so-called Green New Deal. This time, he will have plenty of competition.

During his 2016 campaign, Mr. Sanders often warned about the influence of the “billionaire class”—or the wealthiest Americans—on the nation’s political and economic systems. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” he warned of the potential independent candidacy of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “There are a lot of people I know personally, who work hard for a living and make forty, fifty-thousand dollars a year who know a lot more about politics than, in all due respect, does Mr. Schultz,” Mr. Sanders said. “But because we have a corrupt political system, anybody who is a billionaire, who can throw a lot of TV ads on television, suddenly becomes very, very credible.”

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