It’s going to be interesting to see who wins on November 3, 2020.
The race is about to begin, with some people putting their names into the hat to run for the presidential election in 2020. President Donald Trump is seeking reelection for a second term, and there are a lot of people who are willing to go up against him. From war veterans, congressmen, and mothers wanting to fight for her children and America’s, these candidates have strong platforms that they believe will benefit everyone:
Bernie Sanders: American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Vermont
“I believe when we stand together when we share the vision that government should work for all of us, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.”
For the second time, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is running for president. His platform is the same as when he was running against opponent Hillary Clinton, where he believes for Medicaid for all. The Vermont senator is taking a different approach this term. His focus is to “transform our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.” He is also looking to raise the minimum wage to be $15/an hour and free public college tuition. Sanders has always been very vocal about breaking up big banks, proposing a plan that would tax estates that starts at $3.5 million, with a 77% rate on billionaire estates. Sanders also has introduced a climate change plan called the Green New Deal, which would cut carbon emissions.
Cory Booker: former mayor of Newark and has served in the Senate since 2013 as junior the United States Senator
“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it.”
Announcing his presidential bid on the first day of Black History Month, Cory Booker acknowledged the importance of him might becoming the second Black president of the United States. He has adapted his tactics through social media, showering his support of charter schools and getting other people aware of the financial and education struggle the city has endured (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million for the school system of Newark). He supports same-sex marriages, women’s rights, and lead the push to pass the First Step Act, which reforms the federal prison system of the United States of America, and seeks to reduce recidivism.
Julian Castro: former Housing and Urban Development Secretary for former President Barack Obama & former San Antonio mayor
“We’re going to make sure the promise of America is available to everyone in this 21st century,”
Castro wants to be the first Latino president of the US, advocating for climate change and universal healthcare. The 44-year-old is also pushing for tuition-free public colleges, apprenticeships, and other certificate programs. These are similar policies that Senator Bernie Sanders pushed when he was running for president, back in 2016, and still speaks out on today. The first stop that he made in his presidential candidate tour was to Puerto Rico, a bold and different move than previous candidates have made. Castro knows what he’s doing. Coming from a family background of politics, where his mother, Rosie, was a member of La Raza Unida, a third party in the 1970s that campaigned for better housing, work and educational opportunities for Mexican-Americans. His twin brother, Joaquín, who is a congressman that represents San Antonio in the House.
Kirsten Gillibrand: American attorney and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from New York since January 2009. She previously held the position of U.S. Representative for New York’s 20th congressional district from 2007.
“I believe in right vs. wrong – that wrong wins when we do nothing. Now is our time to raise our voices and get off the sidelines,”
A mother and an advocate of sexual assault in the military, this powerhouse woman aided Hillary Clinton in her campaign of a presidency in 2016, encouraging women to vote for the Democratic candidate.
She is used to being around strong women. Her grandmother, Polly Noonan, led the Alabama Democratic Women’s Club for more than 30 years. Noonan also advocated for women’s rights, according to The New York Times. Gillibrand, just like her grandmother, speaks up on injustice. In 2013, she pushed for a bill that would have created a system to prosecute military sexual assaults, and hold them accountable for their actions. Gillibrand is also an author of two books: “Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless, and Change Your World” as well as a children’s book, “Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote”.
John Delany: American politician and businessman who was the United States Representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district since 2013.
“The American people are far greater than the sum of our political parties. It is time for us to rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the seemingly impossible.”
This presidential candidate has had a head start compared to his opponents, announcing his hand in the presidency in early 2017. Since then, he has already visited all 99 counties in Iowa, and he and his wife gave $121,600 to PACs and campaigns, including Congressional Black Caucus PAC.
The Maryland native speaks highly of his blue-collar background, acknowledging his desire to live the American dream. He wants to make sure that workers are earning equal pay for equal work, as well as have paid family leave. He also wants to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. He wants to have a safer America by fixing health care for veterans who have dedicated their lives to make our country great. Delany has done a lot of work and has donated to various causes. Delaney and his wife, April, donated $40,000 to the Georgetown Human Rights Institute for 14 Georgetown law students and two faculty members to go to a Dilley, Texas, where they will help provide legal aid to asylum seekers.
Delany isn’t just concern about American citizens. He even weighed in on his opinion on the Brexit plan in the UK, stating: ‘Leaving the European Union will, in fact, hurt British citizens.’
Elizabeth Warren: an American politician and academic serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013.
“A record 131 women will serve in the 116th Congress – this is what change looks like. Proud to be in the fight for Massachusetts families alongside my friends.”
The people have spoken, and they want Elizabeth Warren! In the presidential race back in 2016, a lot of Americans wanted the senator who specializes in bankruptcy law to be the Democratic candidate of the presidency. However, Warren said to The Wall Street Journal that she “wanted to stay buckled down and keep doing her job”. Now the powerhouse woman is ready to put her specialty into good use. Recently, the scholar has spoken on her initiative to promote a “wealth tax” on Americans. She put on Twitter: “The rich & powerful run Washington. Here’s one benefit they wrote for themselves: After making a killing from the economy they’ve rigged, they don’t pay taxes on that accumulated wealth. It’s a system that’s rigged for the top if I ever saw one. We need structural change. That’s why I’m proposing something brand new – an annual tax on the wealth of the richest Americans. I’m calling it the “Ultra-Millionaire Tax” & it applies to that tippy top 0.1% – those with a net worth of over $50M.”
Pete Buttigieg: mayor of South Bend, Indiana who is also a Naval Reserve officer in the Afghanistan war.
““There’s a new generation of voices emerging in our country, walking away from the politics of the past and ready to deliver on our priorities. There is no ‘again’ in the real world; that’s not a bad thing. We are ready for a fresh start.”
The Millennial Underdog who felt a “sense of urgency” to fix the nation’s problems has put his hat into the presidential race. The openly gay mayor is speaking to his millennial colleagues, who have lived through “school shootings, pays the bills for the wealthiest of Americans, and will suffer the most through climate change” wants to solve these issues. Buttigieg knows about hard work and resilience; as a teenager, he won an essay contest where we wrote about “cynicism” of politics and adding that U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders was an example of “public integrity”. Through his win, Buttigieg was offered an internship with Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Kamala Harris: attorney and politician serving as the junior United States Senator for California since 2017. She previously served 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017, and as District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 201.
“Any fight-any good fight-is born out of optimism.”
Before announcing her name into the presidential race, Harris was almost elected as California’s Attorney General back in 2010. She is the state’s third female U.S. Senator, and the first Jamaican and/or Indian person to be Senator. The Alpha Kappa Alpha member has supported people having the rights to Medicare, legalizing marijuana, as well as being in full support of the DREAM Act. She also sides with other presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren, in wanting to lower taxes for the working and middle classes and raising taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans.
While being the San Francisco District Attorney, Harris created a special Hate Crimes Unit that focused on hate crimes against LGBT children and teens in schools. Harris is also in favor of same-sex marriage in California, having had participated in Pride Day celebrations in California. She has also been an advocate for the abortion rights group Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Richard Ojeda: an American politician and retired Army Major who served as the West Virginia State Senator from the 7th district from 2016 until his resignation in January 2019.
“It’s time for working families to take it back from billionaires who have convinced us to fight each other instead of the real problem.”
Some people might remember Ojeda as the senator who fully supported the teachers’ strike last year, and made national headlines. He created bills that addressed public employees’ healthcare needs, raising their wages, and giving teachers tax deductions on the purchase of classroom supplies. The decorated war veteran is all about giving back. He has declared that anyone who is elected to federal office or appointed to the Cabinet will give assets over $1 million in net worth to a charity of their choice. “A real charity,” not some family foundation run by their kids.” Ojeda projected. While he was a state senator, he created a bill that required lobbyists to buy their own body camera and wear them while they were at the state Capitol.
Andrew Yang: an entrepreneur who founded Venture for America and is a published author
“I’m running for President to build a new economy, one that puts people first”
A successful entrepreneur, the New York native born of immigrant parents from Taiwan, Yang knows the cost of success and of hard work. In 1999, Yang created a startup that worked to support celebrity-affiliated philanthropy called Stargiving.com. He later joined a healthcare software startup MMF Systems, Inc., as its Vice President. In 2015, he was acknowledged by the Obama White House as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.
Since he has added his name to the presidential race, Yang has proposed the “Freedom Dividend” to all U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 to 64, which is a form of Universal Basic Income of mass unemployment from technological automation. He says, “Every U.S. citizen over the age of 18 would receive $1,000 a month, regardless of income or employment status, free and clear.”
Tulsi Gabbard: American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013.
“We are being torn apart, with divisions that seem too deep to heal. But when we are united in the spirit of love, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.”
The Hawaiian native is an Iraq war veteran who has more unorthodox political views, such as her views on foreign policy and Bashar al-Assad, is backed up by Bernie Sanders, Planned Parenthood, and environment-focused Sierra Club. She resigned her seat as vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to help Bernie Sanders’ presidential run in 2016. The Samoan-American supports abortion rights, has changed her views on gay rights, believes in Medicare for all, and is for the Glass-Steagall legislation, which wants separation commercial and investment banking. She has also co-sponsored a bill to ban assault weapons institute background checks on all persons purchasing a weapon.