2020 Republican Party presidential nomination

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The 2020 Republican Party presidential nomination will likely be an uphill battle for any Republican challengers to Donald Trump. The nomination will take place at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1]

Major political issues this election are abortion, climate change, criminal justice reform, education, the Electoral College, gun control, LGBT+ rights, immigration reform, taxes, and universal healthcare.

Declared candidates[edit]

Candidates are listed alphabetically according to their last names.

Donald J. Trump[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the incumbent for the Republicans, as a sitting first-term president. On 20 January, 2017, the day he was inaugurated, his presidential committee, Donald J. Trump For President, Inc., filed paperwork with the Federal Election CommissionWikipedia's W.svg to start fundraising for the 2020 election.[2] The first campaign ad from this committee was spotted on 1 May, 2017, 1282 days from election day for 2020.[3]

Age: 73

Background: 45th and incumbent President of the United States, King of Israel and the second coming of God.[4] Previously a real estate developer, frequent Chapter 11 recipient, socialite, get-rich-quick guru, Razzie Award-winning actor, game show host, and wrestling personality.

Policy positions:

Bill Weld[edit]

William Weld

Bill WeldWikipedia's W.svg announced his candidacy on February 2019.[5]

Age: 74

Background: Former Governor of Massachusetts, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President in 2016.

Policy positions:

  • Supports LGBT rights, is pro-choice, has increased Medicaid access as Governor, wants to cut taxes and spending, opposed minimum wage increases, wants to strengthen ties with Canada and Mexico, supports denuclearization, supports H1B work visas, and supports some form of legal status for undocumented immigrants.[6]

Joe Walsh[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh announced his candidacy on 25 August, 2019.[7]

Age: 58

Background: Former United States House of Representatives for Illinois[8] and conservative talk radio host.[7]

Policy positions:

  • Essentially, everything that makes Trump terrible with the silver lining that he is not, as of writing, a criminal.

Dropped out[edit]

Mark Sanford[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Mark Sanford
Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford announced his primary challenge on September 8th, 2019, on Fox News Sunday. On November 12th, 2019, Sanford announced he was ending his bid.[9]

Age: 59

Background: Former South Carolina governor, and former United States House of Representatives for South Carolina, 1995 to 2001.

Policy positions:

  • The debt's out of control. Basically it.[10] [9]

Potential candidates[edit]

See Also[edit]

External links[edit]



Green New Deal[edit]

Other topics[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Britnell, Mark. In Search of the Perfect Health System. Palgrave, 2015. ISBN 978-1-137-49661-4.
  • Ferguson, Charles D. Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-19975-945-3.
  • Reid, T. R. The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. Penguin Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-594-20234-6.
  • Spieler, Christof. Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit. Island Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-61091-903-6.


  1. RNC picks Charlotte as 2020 GOP convention site CBS News. July 20th, 2018.
  2. Federal Election CommissionWikipedia's W.svg. 20 January 2017. MISCELLANEOUS TEXT (FEC Form 99)
  3. Herbert, Geoff. Syracuse.com. 1 May, 2017. President Trump launches first campaign ad for 2020 election -- 1282 days away.
  4. Twitter post Aug 21, 2019
  5. Trump just got his first 2020 Republican challenger Vox. February 15th, 2019.
  6. What does William Weld believe? Where the candidate stands on 5 issues PBS NewsHour. February 15th, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Allyn, Bobby. Former Congressman And Talk Radio Host Joe Walsh Announces Trump Primary Challenge NPR. 25 August 2019.
  8. Korecki, Natasha. Joe Walsh to mount primary bid against 'absolutely unfit' Trump. Politico. 21 August 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Taylor, Jessica. NPR. 12 November 2019. Mark Sanford Ends His Primary Challenge Against President Trump.
  10. Orso, Anna. The Philadelphia Inquirer. 16 October 2019. Mark Sanford kicked off his presidential campaign against Donald Trump in Philly. One person showed up..
  11. Trump foil, retiring GOP Sen. Corker: ‘no idea’ what’s next Associated Press. December 20th, 2018.
  12. Larry Hogan stokes speculation he'll primary Trump in 2020 Politico. January 22nd, 2019.
  13. Hogan blasts RNC for ‘unprecedented’ steps to shield Trump from a primary by Ovetta Wiggins (February 22, 2019 at 10:36 AM) The Washington Post.
  14. Ohioans eyeing 2020? Kasich, Brown ‘very seriously’ consider runs against Trump ABC News. November 25th, 2018.
United States 2020 presidential election articles on RationalWiki
Topics: Abortion - Climate change - Education - Illegal immigration - Gun control - LGBT rights - Marijuana - Taxes - United States Electoral College - Universal healthcare
Parties: Democratic Party (primaries) - Green Party - Libertarian Party - Republican Party (primaries)
Candidates: N/A (D) - Trump (R) Running mates: Not declared
Winner: N/A