A rundown on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates

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A rundown on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates

Photo illustration by Gillian McMahon

Photo illustration by Gillian McMahon

Photo illustration by Gillian McMahon

Photo illustration by Gillian McMahon

Gillian McMahon, Design Editor

With the Democratic primaries coming up for the 2020 presidential race, people are starting to consider who they would like to run as the Democratic candidate. Many Americans are finding it hard to know who they like within the race. Besides the big-name competitors that are leading in the polls, there are some smaller candidates as well that you might not know. To help educate the population in the Democratic candidates, here’s a comprehensive list of those running for president.

All info on poll rates is taken from New York Times.

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Joe Biden

Former Vice President

Currently at 27% in the polls

Priorities:

Biden’s main priority is to rebuild the middle class, regardless of sexuality or race. He would like to raise minimum wage to $15/hour, implement the Affordable Care Act, ensure education for everyone, fight climate change and pollution, reform the criminal justice system, promote equity among voting, change foreign policies and form relationships with allies. 

Fun fact:

He has a friendship bracelet with former president Barack Obama.

 

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Elizabeth Warren

US Senator

Polls at 18%

Priorities:

Warren has five main priorities and several plans under those priorities. Her first priority is to strengthen our democracy. She plans to do that by transitioning to clean energy, eliminating the electoral college and transitioning the military to fight against climate change. Her second priority is to rebuild the middle class by having medicare for all, holding Wall Street accountable and taxing the rich. Her third priority is equal justice under law. Warren plans to do this by protecting women’s rights to choose, criminal justice reform and honoring tribal nations. Her fourth priority is ending Washington corruption by empowering workers through accountable capitalism. Finally, her last priority is foreign policy for all which she plans to do by bringing the troops home and rebuilding the state department. 

Fun thing:

Elizabeth Warren used “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton in one of her campaigns. 

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Bernie Sanders

US Senator

Poll rates at 16%

Priorities:

Sanders has many priorities. A broad list of all of his priorities are: medicare for all, Green New Deal, college for all, workplace democracy (trade union), housing for all, expand social security, justice and safety for all, reinvest in public education, fair banking for all, racial justice, free and fair elections, revitalizing rural America, caring for veteran’s, responsible foreign policy, women’s rights, disability rights, LGBTQ+ rights, empower Puerto Rico, tax increases for the rich, gun safety, immigration reform, empowering tribal nations, wall street reform, fair trade and jobs for all. 

Fun fact:

He released a folk/spoken word album.

 

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Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of Indiana

Poll rates at 5%

Priorities:

Buttigieg would like to implement the Green New Deal. He wants to enforce mental health and addiction treatment across insurance companies, improve access to affordable mental health care and universalize access to opioid treatment and increase drug research. Additionally, he wants to add stricter gun laws, empower black America and raise minimum wage.

Fun fact:

He is not only a veteran, but he’s gay as well.

 

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Andrew Yang

Entrepreneur

Poll rates at 3%

Priorities:

Yang’s main proposal is the Freedom Dividend. The Freedom Dividend is the plan that everyone gets $1,000 a month when they’re 18 and older. Following the Freedom Dividend, his other plans include Medicare for All (full access to medicine) and Human Centered Capitalism (criminal justice reform, voting on mobile apps, cancel some student debt, support nuclear power, tax carbon emissions and Citizenship for Dreamers). 

Fun fact:

He was named a Champion of Change and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the Obama administration in 2012 and in 2015, respectively.

 

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Amy Klobuchar

United States Senator

Poll rates at 2%

Priorities:

Klobuchar wants to support universal health care. She wants to encourage shared economic prosperity through raised federal minimum wage, broad family leave and quality child care. She wants to implement the Green New Deal and invest in cyber security. Additionally, she wants to restore the voting rights act by automatically enrolling all 18 year olds to vote. 

Fun fact:

A skit involving Amy Klobuchar appeared in the 44th season of SNL when Matt Damon guest starred as Brett Kavanaugh for the hearing sketch.

 

 

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Tulsi Gabbard

US Representative

Poll rates at 1%

Priorities:

Gabbard wants to change foreign policy to end wars and promote peace. She would like to reform the criminal justice system by abolishing the death penalty, ending cash bail reform and eliminating private prisons. She wants to extend civil rights to all people, especially LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, she wants to close down nuclear power, eliminate the Electoral College, implement universal health care and bring the troops home. 

Fun Fact:

She is the first female combat veteran to run for president.

 

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Tom Steyer

Hedge Fund Manager

Poll rates at less than 1%

Priorities:

Steyer has three main priorities. First is structural reform. He plans to implement structural reform by repealing citizens united, restructure the federal emissions committee, limit congressional terms, increase voter participation, initiate a vote at home system, support important election reform legislation and establish independent redistricting commissions. His second priority is your five fundamental rights: right to an equal vote, right to clean air and water, right to learn, right to a living wage and right to health. Finally, his last priority is climate justice. 

Fun Fact:

He founded NextGen America, a nonprofit group that combats Climate Change.

 

 

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Michael Bennett

United States Senator

Poll rates at less than 1%

Priorities:

His main priorities are agriculture, education, election security, health care, fighting climate change, conservation of lands and the economy. 

Fun fact:

He recently received a cancer diagnosis.

 

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John Delaney

Former United States Representative

Poll rates at less than 1%

Priorities:

Delaney wants to create an infrastructure bank with $50 billion. He would also like to implement universal health care called “Better Care” and teach future workers to work along AI (Artificial Intelligence). 

Fun fact: 

He is going to be on the Dickinson’s TV series on Apple +.

 
 

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