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And Here Comes the 2020 Presidential Election - Democratic Field Grows to 13 as Sen. BERNIE SANDERS JUMPS IN

Updated on February 20, 2019
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While I have very little content included yet, I am going to go ahead an publish it so that the Poll can begin.

And the Race is On

The race for becoming President of the United States in 2020 is on. At this point, there is 700+ days left until election day. There is, as you can see, a whole host of candidates considering (or actually announced) joining the Democratic primary fight. Some are perennial candidates like Robby Wells from Georgia, most are current or former office holders, others are rich activists like Tom Steyer of California, and still others have private careers like boxer Oscar De La Hoya, also of California.

In fact, California is the source of the most candidates of any state (8); New York comes in second with 3. All total there are 19 states and the District of Columbia represented. I suspect as we get a few months into the race, there will be more Gov. Martin O'Malley's who drop out and endorse one of the remaining contenders.

Let the race begin!!

13 Are Running

Formally Declared Candidates

Formally Looking

Expressed Interest


News -

2/19/2019 - Here is a poll generic poll from Morning Consult - Between Democrats, they rank: Biden - 30; Sanders - 21; Harris - 11; Warren - 8; O'Rourke - 7; Booker - 5; Klobuchar - 4; Bloomberg - 2; Brown - 1; Castro - 1; Gabbard - 1.

2/16/2019 - Emerson reported the following: Biden (55 - 45); Sanders (51 - 49); Warren (53 - 47); Harris (52 - 48); O'Rourke (53 - 47); Booker (51 - 49); Klobuchar (51 - 49); Brown (52 - 48). Notice that Trump trails in all of them.

2/14/2019 - Here is a poll generic poll from Morning Consult - Between Democrats, they rank: Biden - 29; Sanders - 22; Harris - 13; Warren - 8; O'Rourke - 7; Booker - 5; Klobuchar - 3; Bloomberg - 2; Brown - 2; Castro - 1; Gabbard - 1.

2/10/2019 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces her formal run for president.

2/9/2019 - Sen. Elizabeth Warren announces she will run for president.

2/4/2019 - Here is a poll generic poll from Monmouth University - Between Democrats, they rank: Biden - 29; Sanders - 16; Harris - 11; Warren - 8; O'Rourke - 7; Booker - 4; Bloomberg - 4; Klobuchar - 2; Brown - 1; Castro - 1; Gillibrand - 1; Gabbard - 1.

2/3/2019 - New, early Iowa polls are in which puts a different flavor on things. Between Democrats, they rank: Biden - 29; Harris - 18; Sanders - 15; Warren - 11; O'Rourke - 6; Booker - 4; Brown (D-OH) - 4; Klobuchar - 3; Castro - 2; Gillibrand - 1.

On the them vs. Trump front it comes down as: Biden (51 - 49); Sanders (49 - 50); Warren (48 - 52); Harris & O'Rourke (47 - 53); Gillibrand (46 - 54); Brown (46 - 55)

2/1/2019 - Sen Cory Booker formally declared he is running for President

1/31/2019 - The following Senators who have announced or are interested in running for President sadly (IMO) voted against an amendment not to precipitously pull our troops out of Syria as Donald Trump announced: Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

1/30/2019 - A new poll puts the leading candidates thusly: Biden (32), Sanders (15), Harris (10), O'Rourke (6), Warren (6), Booker (3), Bloomburg (2), Castro (1), Brown (1), Gillibrand (1), Gabbard (D-HI) (0)

Also, there is this: A Detroit News report has Biden (53-40), Sanders (52-41), Harris (47-42), and Warren (46-43) ahead of Trump.

1/27/2019 - Howard Schultz (I-CA) - former Democrat, billionaire, and former CEO of Starbucks tossed his hat in the ring because he thinks Democrats are moving too far left.

1/27/2019 - With the addition of Kamala Harris (D-CA) to the field of announced candidates the Democrats running for president is the most diverse in history. We now have:

  • 4 women
  • 1 Asian
  • 1 Hispanic
  • 1 married gay
  • 1 black
  • 1 Indian (not Native American) (Harris is a black, Indian, female)

1/24/2019 - Pete Buttigieg (D-IN), 37 and mayor of South Bend, IN formed committee to formally explore presidential run.

1/23/2019 - A new Public Policy poll keeps VP Joe Biden in the lead over Trump 53-41; Sanders 51-41; Harris 48-41; Warren 48-42; Gillibrand and Booker 47-42. Yes I know it is way early, but it is still way fun.

1/21/2019 - Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced she is running for president

1/18/2019 - Sen Bob Casey (D-PA) announced he is no longer considering running for president.

1/17/2019 - CNN ranks the top ten on this day as 1) Kamala Harris, 2) Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), 3) Joe Biden (D-DE), 4) Elizabeth Warren (D-MA, 5), Cory Booker (D-NJ), 6) Sherrod Brown (D-OH), 7) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 8) Kirsten Gillibrand (D-MI), 9) Amy Klobuchar (D-NY), 10) Julian Castro (D-TX)

1/15/2019 - Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced on Colbert that she has formed an exploratory committee.

1/9/2019 - A Public Policy poll in North Carolina have Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders leading Trump, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are tied, and Beto O'Rourke and Cory Booker are trailing.

1/9/2019 - Tom Steyer, activist and billionaire, announced he is not going to run.

1/7/2019 - Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand are interviewing potential aides and lining up campaign headquarters.

1/3/2019 - Sen Barbara Feinstein endorses former VP Joe Biden

1/3/2019 - Former Gov Martin O'Malley drops out and endorses former representative Beto o'Rourke

And It Is Time to Make Your Initial Choice

In 2019, who is your choice for the Democratic Presidential Nominee (I'll ask again in 2020)

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      2 days ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD


      "13 Are Running

      Formally Declared Candidates

      Rep John Delaney (D-MD) - Declared 7/28/2017 (yes, 2017)

      B: Don't know anything about him.

      Michael E. Arth (D-FL) - Urban Designer, Declared 11/4/2018

      B: Another unknown. And you complain about Trump!

      Ken Nwadike Jr. (D-CA) - Filmmaker, Declared 10/18/2017

      B: I live in CA and don't know him, and again another Trump like.

      Robby Wells (I-GA) - Football coach, Declared 5/12/2018

      B: So far quite the Trump like celebrities and non political candidates.

      Andrew Yang (D-NY) - Entrepreneur, Declared 1/6/2017

      B: The list of unknown non politicians, at least Trump had a name and recognition.

      Sec Julian Castro (D-TX) - Declared 1/12/2019

      B: Maybe they heard of him in Texas.

      Sen Kamala Harris (D-CA) - Declared 1/27/2019

      B: She is following in Ca governor Jerry Browns goals. They both were very bad AGs. And you can't get more liberal and more unaccomplished then these two. She was an embarrassment at the SCOTUS hearing. She used it to bolster her candidacy for president.

      Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) - Declared around 1/18/2019

      B: The Nancy Pelosi of Hawaii, the state that doesn't have a real emergency system.

      Sen Cory Booker (D-NJ) - Declared 2/1/2019

      B: Another pathetic choice like Harris, as he also misused the SCOTUS hearing for his personal use to gain attention.

      Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) - Formed committee 12/31/2018, declared 2/9/2019

      B: Really, Warren and Biden for president.

      Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) - Declared 2/10/2019

      B: who is she?

      Sen Bernie Sanders (D-VT) - Declared 2/19/2019

      B: Spineless socialist that couldn't fight to get to the democrat primary, then how is he going to fight for America and Americans?

      Formally Looking

      Rep Marianne Williamson (D-CA) - Formed committee 11/15/2018

      B: Another unknown!

      Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) - Formed committee 1/15/2019

      B: What is her accomplishments?

      Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) - Formed committee 1/24/2019

      B: Who?

      Expressed Interest

      VP Joe Biden (D-DE)

      B: He was the Obama Whitehouse dog. Obama kept this OLD dog from yapping and making stupid remarks in press conferences. His 8 years as VP was not something that he can use to claim any accomplishments. He will be the Obama water carrier for the debates. Do you think he could even have beaten Hillary in the primary?


      Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D-NY) (was an Independent)

      B: We want him to run the nation like he ran NYC. Focusing on Big Gulps.


      Sen Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

      B: Never heard of him!


      Oscar De La Hoya (D-CA) - boxing champion

      B: And you balk about Trump.


      Gov John Hickenlooper (D-CO)

      B: Another one I never heard about.


      AG Eric Holder (D-DC)

      B: Seriously what did Holder ever accomplish as AG? But then again, what has any democrat in recent times ever accomplished?


      Gov Jay Inslee (D-WA)

      B: who?

      Angelina Jolie (D-CA) - actress

      B: And this is from the party that disrespected Trump!

      Gov Terry McAuliffe (D-VA)

      B: Who?

      Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

      B: Who?

      Rep Beto O'Rourke (D-TX)

      B: Who?

      Rep Tim Ryan (D-OH)

      B: Who?

      Rep Eric Swalwell (D-CA)

      B: Who?

      Howard Schultz (I-CA) - former Democrat and Starbuck's billionaire CEO"

      B: Another billionaire but this is OK because? he is a democrat!

      As for Colin Powell

      He achieved a lot for himself but his accomplishments for the US and its people are flawed.

      "While Powell was wary of a military solution, he supported the decision to invade Iraq after the Bush administration concluded that diplomatic efforts had failed. After his departure from the State Department, Powell repeatedly emphasized his continued support for American involvement in the Iraq War.

      At the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, Powell revealed that he had spent two and a half hours explaining to President Bush "the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers." During this discussion, he insisted that the U.S. appeal to the United Nations first, but if diplomacy failed, he would support the invasion: "I also had to say to him that you are the President, you will have to make the ultimate judgment, and if the judgment is this isn't working and we don't think it is going to solve the problem, then if military action is undertaken I'm with you, I support you."

      Colin Powell went up the ranks from 2nd Lieutenant in 1958 to the top as general and beyond that, but his agreement to go to war with Iraq was wrong. As a country we have been at war for more than 100 years, and we have lost all of them, depending on your definition of winning. It should have been clear to anyone, especially someone of Powell's military training and experience that Iraq and even Afghanistan were bad decisions.

      There was no need to go to War with Iraq, the justification because of Saddam Hussein was not valid, if it were we would have to have done the same to Iran and N Korea. This alone should disqualify him for the presidency. The terrorists that successfully attacked the US on 911 weren't representing any country. And if you use the justification that they were harboring terrorists, then you also have to invade several countries including Pakistan. We didn't do that so it means that these were not valid justifications.

      The list of democrat wannabe presidents is an indication why the democrats are the worst party ever for the US. Neither party has accomplished much for the country and the people, but the democrats have done more damage than the republicans. I wouldn't want to live on the difference but the democrats are worse.

      For example, the democrats and their loyal voters want Trump to throw down on Putin and create another cold war with Russia as we had with USSR. Then they want it to be a warm war with the goal of actually going to War with Russia.

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      Scott Belford 

      6 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks Shyron. Those are the people who have at least expressed interest and I certainly agree that any of them would be better than our so-called president.

      Personally, I wish Collin Powell were on the list.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 weeks ago from Texas

      I cannot believe the people you have listed here are all running any one of which would be better than the crazy we have right now. This is awesome.

      Blessings my friend

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 

      6 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      OK, here is an oddball idea: Eliminate Elections and campaigning and PAC funds and Bribery.

      Replace elections with Civil Service tests. Anyone who cheats or takes bribes is prosecuted. Top universities will make and grade the tests.

      What do you think?

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      Jo Miller 

      7 weeks ago from Tennessee

      I would add Steve Bullock to your list of possible candidates. My initial impression of him is very positive. He's my personal favorite so far, but there are many very talented individuals in this list.


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