2020 Presidential Candidates

2020 Presidential Candidates

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: 



Andrew Yang

“Humanity First”

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. 

Big Policy: 

  • 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)


Julian Castro

“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. 

Big Policies:

  • 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 

Tulsi Gabbard

“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.

Big Policies:

  • Not listed yet but has been a strong supporter of sustainability, veterans, and criminal justice reform. 


Kamala Harris

“For the People”

Harris served as the Attorney General for the state of California. She is currently serving as a U.S. senator.

Big Policies:

  • Supports Medicare for all
  • Supports tax cuts for the middle class


John Delaney

“Focus on the Future”

Delaney was a former member of the US House of Representatives from the state of Maryland. 

Big Policy:

  • Delaney hopes to run as a centrist and seeks to solve issues through bipartisan cooperation.


Elizabeth Warren

“We Persist” 

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.  

Big Policies:

  • Medicare for all
  • Income inequality 


Pete Buttigieg

“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. 

Big Policies:

  • Fighting climate change 
  • Increasing economic opportunity


Joe Biden

“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.

Big Policies:

  • Increased funding for low-income schools


Marianne Williamson

“Join the Evolution”

Williamson is known as an author of self-help and spirituality books. She is also an activist.  

Big Policies:

  • Increased funding for economic and educational affairs


Cory Booker

“We Rise”

 Booker currently serves as a junior US senator from the state of New Jersey. He formerly served as the mayor of Newark. 

Big Policies:

  • 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 Klobuchar

“Amy for America.”

Klobuchar is a corporate lawyer and currently serves as a senior US senator from Minnesota.  

Big Policies:

  • Increased legislation targeting the opioid crisis and the price of pharmaceuticals


Bernie Sanders

“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


Beto O’Rourke

“We’re all in this together”

From 2013 to 2019, O’Rourke represented Texas in the US House of Representatives. 

Big Policies:

  • Immigration reform
  • Gun control reform
  • Marijuana legalization


Wayne Messam

“Wayne for America” 

Messam is an American football player, businessman, and politician. He currently serves as the mayor of Miramar, Florida. 

Big Policies:

  • Canceling student debt


Tim Ryan

 “Our Future is Now”

Ryan currently serves as a US representative from the state of Ohio. 

Big Policies:

  • Union rights and workforce development
  • Enforcing trade deals


Michael Bennet

“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.

Big Policies: 

  • Increasing infrastructure spending
  • Modernizing the economy 


Steve Bullock

“A Fair Shot for Everyone”

Bullock is currently the governor for the state of Montana. 

Big Policies:

  • Campaign finance reform
  • Policies reducing economic inequality


Joe Sestak

“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.  

Big Policies:

  • Climate change reforms


Tom Steyer

“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. 

Big Policies:

  • Climate change
  • Renewable Energy




Donald Trump

“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.

Big Policies:

  • Has not formally announced but has previously supported immigration reform


Mark Sanford

“Fiscal Conservative”

Sanford is a former governor of South Carolina and a former member of the US House of Representatives. 

Big Policies:

  • Reducing national debt


Joe Walsh

 “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.  

Big Policies:

  • Reducing national debt
  • Securing the border


William Feld

“America has a choice” 

Feld was the governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. 

Big Policies:

  • Free trade
  • Moderate immigration reform
  • Legalizing marijuana


Image courtesy of NBC News

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