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The race is on: who is running in 2020?

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  Although 2019 has only just begun, the 2020 presidential election already has a host of candidates planning to contest the presidency of Donald Trump. Among the challengers are senators, congresspeople, businessmen, governors and state senators. The Democratic Party is in need of a new leader, and plenty have already stepped up to fill the role.

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts since 2013, announced her plans to run for President on Dec. 31 of 2018. In her announcement video posted to Twitter, she discusses issues important to her: economic stability for the middle class, higher taxes for the wealthy, climate change, political corruption, economic equality, opportunity for minorities and universal health care.

She outlined her perspective in her announcement, saying, “People who will do or say anything to hang onto power will point the finger at anyone who looks, thinks, prays or loves differently than they do. But this dark path doesn’t have to be our future. We can make our democracy work for all of us. We can make our economy work for all of us. We can rebuild America’s middle class; but this time, we gotta build it for everyone. No matter where you live in America, and no matter where your family came from in the world, you deserve a path to opportunity.”

  However, Senator Warren has faced controversy in the past due to her claims of Native American heritage, after it was discovered that she listed herself as a minority in the directory for Harvard Law School. However, colleagues have claimed she never used this status to further her career. Later, after jokingly calling her “Pocahontas” at a Navajo veteran’s event, President Donald Trump promised to donate 1 million dollars to a charity of Warren’s choice if she could prove she has Native American ancestry. In 2018, Warren released her DNA test which indicated she does have Native American ancestry, yet Trump has yet to donate the money and claims he won’t until he “can test her personally.”

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Richard Ojeda

  Richard Ojeda, who served in the United States Army for 24 years in Afghanistan and Iraq, retired from his position as a West Virginia State Senator to run for Congress in 2018, although he lost the election. Soon after, he began his presidential campaign. He believes the Democratic Party has “fallen from grace” by neglecting working-class citizens. On his campaign website, he has outlined “Mission One: Service Requires Sacrifice” in three main points. First, Ojeda argues that anyone elected to federal public office with a net worth above $1 million should donate that money to a charity of his or her choice. Second, Ojeda believes that, after retirement from public office, elected officials will collect a 130,000 dollar pension every year, and may earn a maximum of $120,000 on their own. Last, Ojeda says “Elected officials will have the same healthcare package options as everyday Americans.”

  Although he is a Democrat, Ojeda has said he voted for President Trump in 2016, as he felt his promises were better for the people of West Virginia. Since then, he has lost some faith in President Trump. “I think I relate to the people far more than what the President can ever relate to these people. The very people he comes down to West Virginia and stands in front of could never afford one single round of golf in some of his fancy country clubs. That’s not where I stand,” he said.

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John Delaney

John Delaney, a three-term congressman from Maryland, considers himself a moderate Democrat. Delaney describes himself as focused on the future: “Our government is hamstrung by excessive partisanship. We are letting critical opportunities to improve the country pass us by. And we are not even talking about the most important thing: the future,” he wrote on his campaign website. Born into a blue-collar family, Delaney became a multimillionaire in the banking industry and considers himself a problem-solver.

  Also on his website, he lays out the core issues he would address as president. Delaney wishes to create unity between moderates, progressives, independents and even Republicans. He also wants to create better jobs to support hard-working Americans. He also believes in his duty to protect America through national security. Last, he expresses his intent to improve institutions such as education, health care, criminal justice, infrastructure and retirement and claims he has “the ideas to do it,” though he does not specify.

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Andrew Yang

  Andrew Yang is the son of Taiwanese immigrants and a former tech executive. His main objectives seem to be limiting job losses due to automation and establishing a universal basic income. “New technologies—robots, software, artificial intelligence—have already destroyed more than four million US jobs, and in the next five to ten years, they will eliminate millions more.

  One-third of all American workers are at risk of permanent unemployment. And this time, the jobs will not come back,” Yang elaborates on his website. As for a universal basic income, Yang says his number one priority as president would be to establish a system wherein every American over the age of 18 receives $1,000 a month from the federal government. To pay for it, Yang wishes to tax companies benefiting from automation.

 Yang says his three main policies are universal basic income, Medicare for all and human-centered capitalism. He also believes in the importance of fighting for equal pay, introducing policies to decrease climate change, reducing incarceration rates, controlling the opioid crisis by providing treatment option to those affected, regulating pain medication distributors and much more.

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Julián Castro

Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary under Barack Obama and former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, began his campaign in December of  2018. He is also the twin brother of Congressman Joaquin Castro. He is the grandson of a Mexican immigrant and was raised by his mother, a Chicana activist.

  Castro announced his candidacy in January with a speech in his hometown of San Antonio. In his speech, he announced ambitions to create a universal pre-kindergarten program, which he successfully implemented in San Antonio during his time as mayor. He also declared that his first executive order as President would recommit the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, which President Donald Trump backed out of earlier in his term. He also pledged to support the Black Lives Matter movement by ending police brutality, support immigration, criminal justice reform and universal health care.

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Tulsi Gabbard

  Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii since 2013, has a long history in politics. She began her political career at 21, becoming the youngest woman elected to state legislature when she was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives. She served on the Honolulu City Council and was elected to US Congress in 2012, becoming the first Hindu member of Congress. She also served as the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee until 2016. She is also an Army National Guard Veteran who served in Iraq.

  Gabbard has listed health care, climate change and criminal justice reform as key issues for her campaign, but has said that “war and peace” is front and center. In the past, Gabbard has drawn harsh criticism for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad, though she has defended her decision.

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Kirsten Gillibrand

  Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator from New York since 2009, announced the start of her campaign in January. She also held the position of New York Representative from 2007 until she was elected Senator. As a Representative, Gillibrand was considered a moderate, supporting conservative immigration and gun control policies. However, she has not shied away from her past, stating that her views on gun control have changed since taking office. Gillibrand has suggested that gender equality will be a key issue in her campaign.

  Gillibrand received national attention in 2018 after becoming the first Senator to call for the resignation of Senator Al Franken following accusations of sexual misconduct.

 On her website, Gillibrand lists health care, education and jobs as other important issues

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Kamala Harris

  Kamala Harris is currently the junior Senator from California and has held this position since 2017. Before this, she served as the Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017 and was the District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010. During her time in Congress, Harris says she has supported legislation, which aims to provide tax cuts for the middle class, raise the minimum wage, make higher education more affordable, protect the rights of immigrants and make healthcare more available.

  Harris is also a woman of firsts: she was both the first woman and first African-American to serve as Attorney General for California.

  Harris also considers herself a supporter of marriage equality, the legalization of marijuana, the DREAM Act, Medicare for All and sanctuary cities.

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   While others have yet to announce their candidacy, many more Democrats, such as New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, are expected to run. In addition, many suspect former Vice President Joe Biden, Governor of Montana Steve Bullock, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will also run.

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  1. James Wilson on May 3rd, 2019 7:39 am

    Love your guys’ work. It’s good to see you guys doing something you love and sharing it with others. It’s always a pleasure to read all the different opinions and the vast spectrum of ideas in the explorer newspaper. Keep writing!

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