It seems like everybody is running for President. From the familiar faces of Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris to newbies Julian Castro (former Housing and Urban Development Secretary) and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, there won’t be a lack of choices come 2020. Since Trump’s win in the 2016 presidential election, individuals have been waiting with baited breath at a chance to run against him next year. Based on Trumps track record and the controversy surrounding him and his administration, whoever the Democratic nominee is, they will have a decent chance of winning. On the other hand, the more candidates entering the race, division within the Democratic Party might spell another win for the despised Commander in Chief.
Since Hillary’s monumental run, more women have taken a page out of her book and tried their hand at running for President. Among those women running are Senator Amy Klobuchar, motivational speaker Marianne Williamson, Senator Kamal Harris, Senator Kirsten Gilibrand, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Rumored to be running for quite some time, Warren has been a favorite among Democrats seeking a more grassroots candidate, reminiscent of Bernie Sanders. Her campaign has been largely focused on the middle class, with her describing their livelihood as being ‘under attack’. The opposite of Warren can be seen in Senator Kamala Harris, whose reputation as a tough on crime lawyer in the 1990’s has been criticized among progressive democrats. But despite some hesitations, Harris is a frontrunner and recently clocked her non-PAC donations at $12 million dollars in the first quarter of her campaign. The lesser-known names such as Williamson and Gabbard have a larger trek to climb if they want to stay in the race. Coming from two seemingly different career backgrounds, Williamson is a motivational speaker and best selling author while Gabbard is currently serving as a Representative of Hawaii. You may remember Amy Klobuchar from the Kavanaugh hearings, which may have been the icing on the cake, confirming her decision to run based on the positive reception of her questioning. Gilibrand has a great reputation in the Senate and she will count on her “advocacy for addressing sexual assault in the military, lowering health care costs and decreasing economic and gender inequality” (BusinessInsider) as frontrunner policies to gain a leg up.
The men are making waves as well, with a new fascination brewing for former Texas Congressman Beto O’ Rourke and a returning fight is in store for seasoned Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Among others running are Congressman Tim Ryan, Mayor Wayne Messam, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. Senator Richard Ojeda, Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Representative John Delaney and, of course, current President Donald Trump. Perhaps the most refreshing takes have come from Julian Castro, who fearlessly brings up hot button topics such as reparations and his ‘radical’ ideas toward illegal immigration, proposing to decriminalize those who try to cross the border illegally. Senator Cory Booker has gotten off to a rough start with his campaign struggling to find an identity separate from Obama in order to eliminate the comparisons. He’s slowly starting to gain some traction but will it be enough to overtake frontrunners Sanders and O’Rourke? The other possible candidates are still trying to make a dent in the conundrum of policies and personalities that are taking up most of the space among the notable media outlets.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top but it’s a little too early to give an educated guess to this unpredictable race.