Potential Candidates for the 2020 Presidential Election: Democrat Party
Some of the Potential Democratic Campaigns
It may be a bit early to start thinking about the 2020 Presidential Election, but many are already starting speculate on what may happen. From President Trump's announcement that he will re-run for President, to the various critics and news outlets that have begun to speculate on the candidates interested in running for President, to even the Democrats' stunning wins in traditionally Republican states, it's clear that 2020 might just be more explosive than 2016. As such, below are a few of the candidates may be in the running.
Potential Democratic Candidates for the 2020 Election
Dwayne Johnson, or The Rock, may be running for the Presidential seat in 2020. As you may or may not know, Johnson is a gifted actor and communicator, and as such, can express himself in a way that is charismatic, confident, and even humble. According to Kevin Hart, Johnson's Jumanji co-star, Hart considers Johnson to be a kind person that has a positive effect on other people. And it's not just Hart; many people have known him to be incredibly earnest, as well as level-headed. According to Rolling Stone, someone had even filed a campaign slogan for the actor with the slogan, "Run the Rock 2020", with the Federal Election Commission.
Similar to Trump, Johnson will be considered an outsider in regards to the political arena. As of now, he is an Independent, and has participated in both the Republican and Democratic parties. While both parties have wanted his endorsement, he's kept his own affiliation a secret. Still, he's spoken out against some of Trump's policies, including his proposed Muslim ban.
John Delaney has already started bidding for the Democratic Candidate for the 2020 election. He is a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, and has had a history of supporting veterans and infrastructure, with bills such as the Medical Leave for Disabled Veterans Act and Partnership to Build America Act of 2013. He has also supported other causes such as women's rights and LGBT rights. In 2014, he declared June to be Pride Month, and stated that he was "proud to stand with the LGBT community in support of equality."
On January of 2018, he began airing an ad for his campaign, where he stressed the word "bipartisanship." And while the word may be a bit toxic now, it seems that he wants to try to get the two parties to work together, despite their deep divisions.
One of the favorites of the 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders has long since gained momentum from his failed attempt at winning the Democratic nomination. From his stance on free college, to his criticism of big business industries, Sanders is known for being tough, whether that be advocating against climate change, or promoting the expansion of social benefits, or supporting the investment in the middle class. And despite the fact that he's a registered independent, Sanders has begun to exert more influence within the Democratic Party. He may have lost the seat for the 2016 Democratic Candidate to Hilary Clinton, but in no way is he slowing down. In fact, his supporters have even come up with a slogan, "Feel the burn."
The legislation Sanders has passed has supported his views, from the passing of House 265-160, which called for an additional $5 billion to hire health care professionals to treat veterans, to amending S.A 306, a bill that would allow businesses to replace American workers with foreign workers.
Andrew Yang is an American businessman known for his paranoia of a robot apocalypse. In fact, in a report he cited from McKinsey & Company from 2017, approximately 70 million American jobs could vanish by 2030 because of robots. To combat this, one of his solutions would be to provide what's called Freedom Dividend, which would provide around $1000 a month for every American between the ages of 18 and 64. The purpose of this is to allow Americans to "pay their bills, educate themselves, start businesses, be more creative, stay healthy", and another range of benefits.
Other than his fear of robots, Yang has been recognized by the Obama Administration, and was included in a list made by Fast Company as "100 Most Creative People in Business." His campaign slogan is "Humanity First" which, admittedly, as a nice ring to it.
Jeff Boss is a conspiracy theorist who is planning on running for President for the fourth time in the 2020 election. He is known for theories such as the U.S government being responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He managed to become a candidate for the Governor of New Jersey twice.
Harry Braun is the founder of the Phoenix Project Foundation, and has made his campaign about renewable energy. Despite the fact that he hadn't been elected, he had been nominated as a Democratic candidate for congressman. He supports universal healthcare, increased public influence in Congress, and an end to benefits for illegal immigrants.
As California's Senator, Kamala Harris has had a history of liberal policies regarding the prison system. When she served as San Francisco's District Attorney, she advocated for a program in which first-time drug dealers would have the chance to earn a high school diploma and acquire employment. Not only this, but she's also established a unit that specifically deals with hate crimes, specifically crimes focused on LGBT minors. Like many of her other Democratic counterparts, she has criticized on Trump's policies such as his immigration and his attitude towards sexual assault, and has called for Trump to resign.
She is pro-choice, and has opposed the death penalty. What's more, alongside Bernie Sanders, she has called for single-payer healthcare, and has supported paid leave for parents.
Elizabeth Warren is the first female senator from Massachusetts who had endorsed Hilary Clinton in the 2016 election. She's popular among American liberals, and has been known to be a strong supporter of abortion services, LGBT rights, and immigration. She's supported acts such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the DREAM Act.
Interestingly enough, Warren found herself in the spotlight when Trump called her "Pocahontas" to discredit her (after attempting to honor Native Americans). Warren fought back, saying that every time she was attacked, she would stand up for other families as well.
Other Factors That Will Affect the 2020 Election
Of course, the potential candidates above aren't the only things that could affect the election. How well Trump does in office could very well affect if Democrats would gain additional ground. Many have speculated that, because voters are tired of the chaos in the White House, that Democrats are able to push forward with their own power. This statement has been reflected in the special elections.
How well the Democrats can draw in voters is also a big factor. In the 2016 election, Hilary Clinton alienated many potential supporters, not only because of the email scandal, but also because many middle-classed white individuals thought their voices were being silenced. What's more, her failure to win states such as Florida and Pennsylvania had caused her to lose the Electoral College, despite winning the popular vote. Of course, issues such as terrorism, the federal debt, and climate change must be addressed as well. Even foreign meddling will need to be taken into consideration.
Do They Represent Us?
There are a multitude of variables that determine a person's political beliefs. From their background, to their religion, to even their families and friends, getting involved with something as messy as an election is an easy way to showcase their reasoning. And while many Democrats may have similar beliefs with one another, oftentimes, they'll debate about whether or not one candidate represents them well enough, if the candidate in question is ethical enough, if there's even a chance that the candidate will succeed.
Then of course, it's this very reason why American elections are so fun to watch.