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A guide to the 2020 candidates so far

2020 Presidential Candidates:

If 2016 was the year of Republican candidates, 2020 is the year of Democratic candidates. With more than 20 confirmed candidates, there are several options and platforms for voters to decide from. Here are eight of the top candidates running.

Democrats:

Bernie Sanders, a Vermont senator, is back with his second presidential campaign. He is known for his democratic socialist policies, such as “Medicare for All,” free college tuition and the desire to reduce upper-class elites’ political power.

Elizabeth Warren, a senator for Massachussetts, is passionate about income inequality. An Oklahoma native, she advocates for Native American heritage and women’s rights.

Kamala Harris supports   middle-class tax cuts and implementing more liberal civil rights, both of which she brought to discussion as a senator for California. Some know her for speaking out against President Trump’s cabinet nominees, particularly Brett Kavanaugh. 

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York senator and former congresswoman, is currently one of the Senate’s leading liberal voices. She advocates for women’s equality and opportunity.

Beto O’Rourke, former Texas representative, ran for the Senate in 2018 but was narrowly defeated by Ted Cruz. O’Rourke has now been touring coffee shops across the U.S. to gain support on a personal level with voters. He is pro-choice and pro-LGBT, supports the legalization of marijuana and hopes to make the citizenship process easier.

Joe Biden is passionate about economic protection for low-income workers and restoring America’s global standing. As former vice president for President Obama, a senator and two-time presidential candidate, Biden has experience with presidential campaigns.

Pete Buttigeg, the youngest mayor of South Bend, advocates for LGBTQ rights, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, pro-choice and working against climate change.

Republicans:

Donald Trump, as shown in his current term, is passionate about reforming immigration, improving trade, withdrawing the military from overseas, renegotiating  climate change legislation and arms control.

William F. Weld is a former federal prosecutor and governor of Massachusetts. In 2016, he ran for vice president on the libertarian party ticket. Weld prefers fiscal restraint and supports free trade, immigration reform and legalizing marijuana.