By Sarah Naidu
With the 2020 presidential race on the rise, several candidates have announced their bid. Here are the names that you should know:
Yang served as the CEO for a test preparation company and then went on to start Venture for America, a non-profit focused on creating economic growth through entrepreneurship.
- Universal Basic Income: Every American adult over the age of 18 would receive $1,000 per month, helping “Americans to pay their bills, educate themselves, start businesses, be more creative.” (Yang 2020)
“One Nation. One Destiny.”
In 2009, Castro was the mayor of San Antonio, Texas. He then went on to serve in the Obama Administration as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
- Pre-K for the USA: a full day pre-kindergarten program. While serving as mayor, Castro had started pre-k for SA (San Antonio) with the goal of bettering the quality of education.
- Universal Health Care
“Lead with Love”
Gabbard is currently serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii’s second district and has served in the National Guard. She has done tours in Kuwait and Iraq.
- Not listed yet but has been a strong supporter of sustainability, veterans, and criminal justice reform.
“For the People”
Harris served as the Attorney General for the state of California. She is currently serving as a U.S. senator.
- Supports Medicare for all
- Supports tax cuts for the middle class
“Focus on the Future”
Delaney was a former member of the US House of Representatives from the state of Maryland.
- Delaney hopes to run as a centrist and seeks to solve issues through bipartisan cooperation.
Unofficial: “I have a plan for that”
Warren is currently serving as a US senator from the state of Massachusetts and has worked in academia as a lecturer and law professor.
- Medicare for all
- Income inequality
“A Fresh Start for America”
Buttigieg served in the Naval Reserve and is veteran from Afghanistan. He is currently the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate.
- Fighting climate change
- Increasing economic opportunity
“Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead.”
Former vice-president of the United States during the Obama Administration. Biden also served as a US senator from Delaware.
- Increased funding for low-income schools
“Join the Evolution”
Williamson is known as an author of self-help and spirituality books. She is also an activist.
- Increased funding for economic and educational affairs
Booker currently serves as a junior US senator from the state of New Jersey. He formerly served as the mayor of Newark.
- Criminal justice reform
- Baby Bonds: provides up to $50,000 for every American child to help pay for college tuition, buying a home, or starting a business. This is proposed to help fight inequality and intergenerational poverty.
“Amy for America.”
Klobuchar is a corporate lawyer and currently serves as a senior US senator from Minnesota.
- Increased legislation targeting the opioid crisis and the price of pharmaceuticals
“Not me. Us”
Sanders is the longest-serving independent in Congress and represents the state of Vermont as a junior US senator.
- Big Policies:
- Medicare for all
- Free college tuition
“We’re all in this together”
From 2013 to 2019, O’Rourke represented Texas in the US House of Representatives.
- Immigration reform
- Gun control reform
- Marijuana legalization
“Wayne for America”
Messam is an American football player, businessman, and politician. He currently serves as the mayor of Miramar, Florida.
- Canceling student debt
“Our Future is Now”
Ryan currently serves as a US representative from the state of Ohio.
- Union rights and workforce development
- Enforcing trade deals
“Building Opportunity Together”
Bennet currently serves as a US senior senator from the state of Colorado. He previously worked as a managing director at a private holding company.
- Increasing infrastructure spending
- Modernizing the economy
“A Fair Shot for Everyone”
Bullock is currently the governor for the state of Montana.
- Campaign finance reform
- Policies reducing economic inequality
“Accountability to America”
Sestak is a retired three-star vice admiral and is the highest ranking military official to serve in Congress. He served in the US House of Representatives for Pennsylvania’s seventh congressional district.
- Climate change reforms
“There’s nothing more powerful than the unified voice of the American people”
Steyer is a philanthropist and hedge-fund manager. He is the founder of Farallon Capital and NextGen America.
- Climate change
- Renewable Energy
“Keep America Great” and “Promises made, promises kept”
Trump is currently serving as the president. Formerly, Trump was a businessman involved in real estate, as well as the host for The Apprentice, a television show.
- Has not formally announced but has previously supported immigration reform
Sanford is a former governor of South Carolina and a former member of the US House of Representatives.
- Reducing national debt
“We’re tired of the lies. We’re tired of the drama. We can’t take four more years.”
Walsh is a conservative talk radio host and served in the US House of Representatives from Illinois’s eighth congressional district.
- Reducing national debt
- Securing the border
“America has a choice”
Feld was the governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997.
- Free trade
- Moderate immigration reform
- Legalizing marijuana
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