2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination

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The 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination will be a likely be a highly competitive political event, given the number of candidates. The United States Democratic Party will decide on someone who they hope can defeat the Republican candidate (such as Donald Trump), preferably by a comfortable margin.

Declared candidates[edit]

Candidates are listed alphabetically according to their last names. Numbers are for convenience, not ranking.

Number Name Age Background Views and policy positions
1 Cory BookerWikipedia's W.svg[1]Cory Booker Senate.jpg 49 Rhodes Scholar. Graduate of Yale Law School.[2] Former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Senator from New Jersey.[1] Supports allowing the importation of prescription drugs from Canada[1] after initially voting against it. Supports Medicare for All.[3]

Supports same-sex marriage, women's right to abortions, and the legalization of marijuana.[3] Introduced legislation to outlaw "gay cure" therapy.[4]

Endorses the Green New Deal.[3] Champions public schools, despite supporting charter schools as Mayor of Newark.[3]

Favors criminal justice reform, having helped draft the First Step Act.[2][note 1]

2 Pete ButtigiegWikipedia's W.svg[5]Pete Buttigieg Official Portrait.jpg 37 Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Navy lieutenant,[6] and Afghanistan War veteran.[7] Supports same-sex marriage, being in such a marriage himself.[8]

Is in favor of abolishing the Electoral College.[9]

3 Julián CastroWikipedia's W.svg[10][11] Julián Castro's Official HUD Portrait.jpg 44 Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development,[12] and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Supports Medicare for All, universal pre-kindergarten, and some form or another of the Green New Deal.[13]

Was pro-fracking as mayor of San Antonio.[14]

4 John DelaneyWikipedia's W.svg[15][16]John Delaney 113th Congress official photo.jpg 55 Former Representative from MD-06.[17] Supports raising the corporate tax to 23%[18] and is supportive of trade unions (having been in one himself).[19]

Supported the Affordable Care Act,[20] but prefers a Medicare expansion over single-payer healthcare.[21]

Is supportive of Congressional term limits.[22]

Favors a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.[23]

5 Tulsi Gabbard[24][25]Tulsi Gabbard, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg 37 Representative from HI-02.[26] Veteran of the Second Iraq War.[27] Was initially homophobic[28][29] and anti-abortion,[30] but now claims to support the LGBT community[31] and access to abortion.[32]

Supports eliminating subsidies and tax benefits for fossil fuels, a ban on fossil fuel use by 2050, a ban on fracking, tuition-free college, universal background checks for all gun purchases, Medicare for All, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Syria, and ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.[27]

Also supports financial regulations in the form of reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act.[33]

Favors the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and has been inexplicably skeptical that Assad used chemical weapons.[34]

6 Kirsten GillibrandWikipedia's W.svg[35]Kirsten Gillibrand, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg 52 Senator[36] from New York and former Representative from NY-20 Supports Medicare for All,[37] abolishing ICE,[38] and a federal jobs guarantee.[39]

Opposes the Citizens United ruling.[40]

7 Kamala Harris[41][42]Senator Harris official senate portrait.jpg 54 Senator[43] and former Attorney General from California Supports Medicare for All,[44] supports legalizing marijuana,[45] supports sanctuary cities,[46] and is mixed on the death penalty.[47][48]
8 Amy KlobucharWikipedia's W.svg[49]AmyKlobuchar.jpg 58 Senator[50] from Minnesota and former County Attorney of Hennepin County. Supports the Green Power PlanWikipedia's W.svg, rejoining the Paris Climate Change Agreement, net neutrality, automatic voter registration and opposes Citizens United.[51]

Opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership.[52]

9 Bernie Sanders[53] Bernie Sanders (cropped).jpg 77 Former civil rights and antiwar activist (1960s). Graduate of the University of Chicago. Former Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Former House Representative of Vermont. Current Senator from Vermont. Ran for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.[54] Author of the Medicare for All proposal.[55] Wants to expand and strengthen the social safety net.[56] Supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and making public colleges and universities tuition-free.[53]

Wants to raise taxes on wealthy people and corporations in order to fund his welfare programs.[57]

Supports breaking up the big banks and other financial reforms.[58]

Wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure.[59] Advocates transitioning towards renewable energy.[56]

Opposes unfettered free trade.[60] Wants to make it easier for people to join labor unions. Advocates for workers having ownership stake in the businesses they work for. Supports equal pay for equal work.[note 2][56]

Opposes the Supreme Court Citizens United decision.[61]

Favors instant background checks for gun purchases, removal of the gun-show loophole,[note 3] a ban on assault rifles and on high-capacity magazines. Believes that states rather than the federal government should handle waiting periods for handgun purchases.[62]

Supports a diplomacy-first approach to foreign affairs. Opposes the Second Iraq War.[57]

10 Elizabeth Warren[63]Elizabeth Warren CFPB.jpg 69 Senator from Massachusetts.[64] Former professor of law at Harvard University. Expert on bankruptcy laws. Author of books on financial matters affecting the middle class. Former interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[65] Supports public works and financial regulation, having helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[65]

Has proposed a 2% wealth tax on households whose net worth are over $50,000,000 each, and a 3% wealth tax on those worth over $1 billion each,[66] which would raise an estimated $2.75 trillion over ten years.[67]

Supports Medicare for All[68] and "net metering."[67][note 4]

Opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership,[69] and the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.[70]

Potential candidates[edit]

Dropped out[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. Signed into law by Donald Trump with bipartisan support, this Act is intended to, among other things, reduce recidivism and minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.
  2. Sanders believes that women on average earn only 78% of what they male counterparts do.
  3. This allows people to buy guns at shows without having to pass a background check.
  4. Net metering enables consumers to use the electricity they generate at any time, instead of only when it is generated. This has important implications for renewable energy.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker launches 2020 bid. Associated Press. February 1, 2019. Accessed February 1, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Who is Cory Booker? CBS News. February 1, 2019. Accessed February 1, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Cory Booker on the Issues: Where He Stands. The New York Times. February 1, 2019. Accessed February 1, 2019.
  4. Cory Booker: New Jersey Democrat joins presidential race. BBC News. February 1, 2019. Accessed Febrary 1, 2019.
  5. Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg jumps into 2020 race CNN. January 23rd, 2019.
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/opinion/sunday/the-first-gay-president.html?_r=0
  7. https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/navy-reserve-to-deploy-buttigieg-to-afghanistan/article_5ccb3a3a-1bd1-11e3-bec9-0019bb30f31a.html
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/fashion/weddings/mayor-peter-buttigieg-wedding-democratic-party.html
  9. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/427876-pete-buttigieg-calls-for-abandoning-electoral-college-it-needs-to-go
  10. Julián Castro's FEC filing
  11. Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces 2020 Presidential Run The New York Times. January 12th, 2019.
  12. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2014/07/25/julian-castro-to-take-office-monday-as-housing-secretary
  13. https://grist.org/article/heres-where-2020-presidential-candidate-julian-castro-stands-on-the-environment/
  14. https://grist.org/article/heres-where-2020-presidential-candidate-julian-castro-stands-on-the-environment/
  15. John Delaney's FEC filing
  16. John Delaney: Why I'm running for president The Washington Post. July 28th, 2017.
  17. https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/08/politics/who-retiring-congress/index.html
  18. https://thehill.com/policy/finance/417923-business-groups-brace-for-dem-push-to-hike-corporate-taxes
  19. https://www.johnkdelaney.com/about/
  20. https://web.archive.org/web/20141015050051/http://delaneyforcongress.com/issues/health-care
  21. https://www.usnews.com/news/the-run/articles/2017-08-08/john-delaney-makes-audaciously-early-democratic-bid-for-president-in-2020
  22. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-delaney-calls-for-12year-term-limits-20120214-story.html
  23. https://web.archive.org/web/20141015050041/http://delaneyforcongress.com:80/issues/foreign-policy
  24. Tulsi Gabbard's FEC filing
  25. Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020 CNN. January 11th, 2019.
  26. https://gabbard.house.gov/
  27. 27.0 27.1 What does Tulsi Gabbard believe? Where the candidate stands on 7 issues. PBS Newshour. January 14, 2019. Accessed January 29, 2019.
  28. https://mauitime.com/news/politics/heres-why-the-hawaii-lgbt-caucus-doesnt-support-rep-tulsi-gabbards-reelection-campaign/
  29. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/13/politics/kfile-tulsi-gabbard-lgbt/index.html
  30. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/06/what-does-tulsi-gabbard-believe
  31. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/17/tulsi-gabbard-apology-lgbt-comments-1109541
  32. https://www.votetulsi.com/updates/2011-12/social-issues#tulsi-choice
  33. https://gabbard.house.gov/news/press-releases/rep-tulsi-gabbard-lawmakers-call-reinstatement-glass-steagall
  34. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/tulsi-gabbard-says-she-has-no-regrets-about-meeting-with-syrian-president-bashar-al-assad/2019/01/20/4006f920-1ce3-11e9-9145-3f74070bbdb9_story.html?utm_term=.cbd268bf82b4
  35. Kirsten Gillibrand's FEC Filing
  36. [https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/
  37. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/nyregion/kirsten-gillibrand-2020-economic-agenda.html
  38. https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/28/politics/gillibrand-ice-cnntv/index.html
  39. https://www.thenation.com/article/why-democrats-should-embrace-a-federal-jobs-guarantee/
  40. https://endcitizensunited.org/candidate/kirsten-gillibrand/
  41. Kamala Harris' FEC filing
  42. Kamala Harris officially launches 2020 presidential campaign CNN. January 27th, 2019.
  43. https://www.harris.senate.gov/
  44. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/08/31/sen-kamala-harris-backs-bernie-sanderss-single-payer-bill/?utm_term=.1a9c31415f3b
  45. https://twitter.com/SenKamalaHarris/status/994595315805310976
  46. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/12/us/12sanctuary.html
  47. https://www.isidewith.com/candidates/kamala-harris/stances/social/death-penalty
  48. https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Why-does-Kamala-Harris-defend-the-death-penalty-6481227.php
  49. Amy Klobuchar launches presidential bid, joining record number of women candidates CBS News. February 10th, 2019.
  50. https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/
  51. Amy Klobuchar enters the 2020 presidential race Axios. february 10th, 2019.
  52. The trade deal that’s pitting Minnesota’s Democrats against Obama — and has Republicans backing him up MinnPost. June 4th, 2015.
  53. 53.0 53.1 Bernie Sanders announces second US presidential bid. BBC News. February 19, 2019. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  54. Who is Bernie Sanders]. Feelthebern.org. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  55. Here's What's In Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Bill. NPR. September 14, 2017. Accessed February 2, 2019.
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 [1]. The Huffington Post. December 1, 2014. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  57. 57.0 57.1 Bernie Sanders: 17 things the Democratic socialist believes. BBC News. January 21, 2016. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  58. Sanders backs big bank breakups, in contrast with Clinton. Politico. July 17, 2015. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  59. Bernie Sanders wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastruture. The Washington Post. January 27, 2015. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  60. Bernie Sanders on Free Trade. On the Issues. Updated August 16, 2016. Accessed February 3, 2019.
  61. If We Don’t Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class. Huffington Post. May 22, 2015. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  62. Bernie Sanders on Gun Control. On the Issues. Updated August 18, 2016. Accessed February 19, 2019.
  63. Elizabeth Warren's FEC filing
  64. https://www.warren.senate.gov/
  65. 65.0 65.1 Elizabeth Warren. Encyclopedia Britannica. Updated January 2, 2019. Accessed January 29, 2019.
  66. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/yw8g7x/how-elizabeth-warrens-wealth-tax-would-remake-america
  67. 67.0 67.1 Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Strategy: Stand Out by ‘Nerding Out’. The New York Times. January 27, 2019. Accessed January 30, 2019.
  68. https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/09/07/warren-signs-sanders-single-payer-health-care-plan/83mcJz8NietWZWRlAug3jL/story.html
  69. https://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/239695-warren-lashes-back-at-obama-on-trade
  70. https://www.warren.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/on-sixth-anniversary-of-citizens-united-decision-senator-warren-lays-out-steps-to-tackle-the-influence-of-money-in-politics
  71. Stacey Abrams on the ticket? Democrat's star turn fuels talk for 2020 The Guardian. February 9th, 2019.
  72. Colorado Sen. Bennet hints about joining crowded Democratic race for president The Washington Post. February 10th, 2019.
  73. Biden says he’ll make ‘the decision soon’ Politico. January 28th, 2019.
  74. Bloomberg tees off on potential 2020 rivals as he inches toward run Politico. January 29th, 2019.
  75. Hillary Clinton: 'I'm not going to run again,' but will continue to call out Trump CNBC. October 17th, 2017.
  76. Clinton not ruling out running in 2020: report The Hill. January 27th, 2019.
  77. Podesta says he takes Hillary Clinton at her word that 'she's not running' in 2020 CNN. January 29th, 2019
  78. Former Attorney General Eric Holder Close To 2020 Decision As He Heads To Iowa NPR. February 12, 2019
  79. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Is Running For President The Atlantic. January 2nd, 2019.
  80. Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away Politico. January 25th, 2019.
  81. Retired paratrooper, a former West Virginia lawmaker, exits from 2020 presidential race ArmyTimes. January 27th, 2019.