OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
OUR 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Senator from Colorado
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Bennet is a well-respected member of the Senate, viewed as serious, sober, and interested in working across the aisle. Bennet, who positions himself as “pragmatic idealist”, was first appointed to the Senate in 2009 by Gov. Bill Ritter (D) to replace incumbent Ken Salazar (D) after Salazar became Secretary of the Interior for President Barack Obama (D). He then went on to win a full term in 2010 and re-election in 2016. Senator Bennet said that his presidential campaign would focus on expanding economic opportunity and promoting integrity in government.
"E pluribus unum: Out of many, one. As a country, we are at our best when we see ourselves in each other and see each other’s struggles as our own. We need to restore the American idea of pluralism—that despite our differences, we can treat everyone with respect and come together to solve problems."
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
Former Vice President; former Senator from Delaware
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: The 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017, Biden also represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. Biden was re-elected to the upper house of Congress six times and was the fourth most senior senator when he resigned to assume the vice presidency in 2009. He is running on a platform of restoring American values, repairing America’s standing on the global stage; rebuilding the middle-class; and strengthening economic protections for low-income workers in industries like manufacturing and fast food.
"Our country is being put to the test ...but I’ve never been more optimistic about America."
SENATOR CORY BOOKER
Senator from New Jersey; former mayor of Newark
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Senator Booker has been a leader in the Senate on criminal justice reform and he’s running on a message of national unity. Senator Booker’s campaign highlights policy positions in support of the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, and lowering prescription drug costs. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate, Booker was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, from 2006 to 2013, and a city councilman from 1998 to 2002. He also worked at the Urban Justice Center and in private practice. Senator Booker has pledged not to accept campaign contributions from corporate PACs or registered lobbyists.
“The lines that divide us are nowhere near as strong as the ties that bind us. When we join together and work together — we will rise together.”
Governor of Montana; former state attorney general
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Steve Bullock is the two-term Governor and former Attorney General of Montana. He prides himself has a pragmatist who was able to win Republican support for progressive priorities such as Medicaid expansion and protections for the LGBTQ community. Bullock has dark money, corruption, and transparency the signature issues of his campaign. As Governor, he passed one of the strongest campaign disclosure laws in the country. Now, he is suing the Trump Administration to ensure that wealthy donors can’t hide their influence.
"We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the peoples voice so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone,"
Mayor of South Bend, Ind.; military veteran
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Mayor Buttigieg, Rhodes Scholar, Afghanistan war veteran, and the youngest mayor of a midsize U.S. city. He is credited with transforming that city into a national model of renewal and is positioning himself in the 2020 presidential race as the candidate of a new generation.
"The reality is there's no going back, and there's no such thing as 'again' in the real world. We can't look for greatness in the past,"
Former housing secretary; former mayor of San Antonio
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Serving as the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barak Obama from 2014 to 2017, Julian Castro launched his campaign for President in San Antonio on a platform of universal prekindergarten, “Medicare for all” and immigration reform. Julian Castro has pledged not to accept PAC money.
“In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation.”
BILL DE BLASIO
Mayor, New York City
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Bill De Blasio is the Democratic mayor of New York City. He was elected Mayor in a landslide election in 2013 and won a second term in 2017. He rose to power as a political insider who worked in City Hall and later managed Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign before starting his own political career. While in office, Mayor De Blasio has publicly supported a socially liberal and progressive agenda on policy involving urban planning, public education, police relations, and privatization. Mr. De Blasio’s signature policy achievement in New York is his implementation of a universal prekindergarten program.
"I have a simple message, we need to put hard working people first, not the wealthy and the one percent. Working people first"
Former congressman from Maryland; former businessman
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: John Delaney, former three-term Maryland congressman, businessman, and entrepreneur, was the first Democratic candidate to announce that he was running for the presidency in 2020. He is running on a “big tent”, centrist platform with a track record of transcending the partisan divide. Former Congressman Delaney has pledged he will not accept PAC money.
"For too long, the conversation in politics has been about trying to return to the past instead of focusing on the most important thing — the future."
CONGRESSWOMAN TULSI GABBARD
U.S. Representative from Hawaii; Army National Guard Veteran
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: The first Hindu-American to run for president and, if elected, would be the youngest US president in history. A vocal opponent of U.S. Military intervention overseas, including countries like Syria, she is running on a message of peace, environmental and economic stewardship, justice, and service. Rep. Gabbard has pledged not to accept PAC money.
"My military service has shaped who I am today. While in the Middle East, I saw how quickly religious sectarianism and bigotry can lead to the disintegration of a country — how leaders manipulate people to fear others who are different, who look different or who have different beliefs."
SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND
U.S. Senator from New York and former Congresswoman
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: As a former “Blue Dog” Democrat and Congresswoman from a conservative New York district, Senator Gillibrand has since transformed herself into one of the Senate’s leading liberal voices. She is a champion of women’s equality and a vocal foe of President Trump and the NRA . Senator Gillibrand has pledged not to accept PAC money.
"When I met parents who lost their child to gun violence. … I was convinced, and said I have to fight for them too, I have to make sure that we fight to end gun violence,” she said. “I think it’s important to know when you’re wrong, and to do what’s right."
SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS
Senator from California; former attorney general of California; former San Francisco district attorney
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: A child of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Senator Harris was elected to the Senate in 2016 and is the second black woman and first Indian American to serve in the chamber. An outspoken critic of President Trump, she is positioning herself in the race as a fierce defender of equality, truth, justice, and middle-class families.
"And when American families are barely living paycheck to paycheck, what is this administration’s response? Their response is to try to take away health care from millions of families. Their response is to give away a trillion dollars to the biggest corporations in this country. And their response is to blame immigrants as the source of all our problems."
Former governor of Colorado; former mayor of Denver
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is positioning himself as a consensus builder with a record of accomplishments in a politically divided state. He has a master’s degree in Geology and was a successful entrepreneur and community advocate, with 15 brewpubs and restaurants across the midwest. In 2003, he ran for Mayor of Denver as the “Dark Horse” candidate winning in a landslide. In 2010, Hickenlooper was elected Governor of Colorado and was re-elected in 2014, after running an entirely positive campaign — a trademark of his time in public service.
"When we stand tall for all we believe in and stand up against all that divides us, America will be stronger than ever."
Governor of Washington State; former congressman
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Governor Inslee is a two-term governor and one of the Democratic Party’s most forceful climate advocates. He has made climate a centerpiece of his agenda as governor and as a national figure, campaigning widely in the midterm elections on a message of creating renewable energy jobs. While in Congress, he voted against the Iraq War in 2003, voted against the repeal of Glass Steagall in 1999 and was one of Congress’ earliest proponents of net neutrality.
"I am running for president because, unlike the man who is in the White House, I believe in all the people who make up America."
SENATOR AMY KLOBACHAR
Senator from Minnesota; former Hennepin County, Minn., attorney
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Klobuchar has established a reputation as a pragmatist and a centrist who has championed legislation to combat the opioid crisis and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
“I’m running because I believe we can be a nation governed not by chaos — but from opportunity.”
Mayor of Miramar, Florida; former college football champion
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: The Mayor of Miramar, Florida, a construction company owner, and a former college football champion Wayne Messam has taken progressive stances on guns, immigration, environmental issues, rescinding Trump’s corporate tax cuts, and cancelling $1.5 trillion in student debt.
"The lack of urgency to plan for the future and take action on the crises we can see coming is the biggest threat facing our nation."
Congressman Seth Moulton
Congressman from Massachusetts; Iraq War Veteran
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Elected to the U.S. Congress in 2014 the congressman from Massachusetts and former Marine has made his military service a signature of his political campaign. He is running on a platform of national security and defense. A co-sponsor of the New Green Deal, he believes America should focus on green technology and jobs to both grow the economy and position the US as a global leader in producing green technology.
"Donald Trump's erratic foreign policy has weakened the country, left our allies in the lurch and emboldened our adversaries across the globe."
Former Texas congressman, city councilman, and musician,
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Beto O’Rourke is a former U.S. representative from El Paso and 2018 Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas where he narrowly lost to Sen. Ted Cruz. O'Rourke gained national attention during his Senate race for defending the actions of NFL players taking the knee during the national anthem in protest against police brutality and racial inequality. He is running on a message of national unity, immigration reform, rural healthcare, and the legalization of marijuana.
"We can either be governed by fear - fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, call the press the enemy of the people, tear kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border - or we can be governed by our ambitions and our aspirations and our desire to make the most out of all of us. And that's America at its best."
Congressman Tim Ryan
Congressman from Ohio; fo
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: The U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district since 2003, Ryan served in the state Senate and was a congressional aide before becoming a member of Congress. Known as a “moderate” Democrat, Ryan is an advocate for Union labor and renewable energy, and is positioning himself in the 2020 Presidential race as a voice for blue-collar workers and rural Americans.
"The devastating stress and anxiety that comes with living paycheck to paycheck, not being able to afford to put food on the table or take your child to the doctor is making us sick and has fractured and divided our communities across the nation."
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS
Senator from Vermont; former congressman
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: An independent member of the U.S. Senate, Senator Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is running for the presidency for the second time after coming in second in the 2016 Democratic primary. A self-described Democratic Socialist, he is running on a campaign of “Medicare for All” and limiting the influence of the billionaire class.
"Our infrastructure is collapsing. Teachers are underpaid. Veterans sleep on the streets. Families can't afford child care. But, according to my Republican colleagues, one of our highest priorities must be to give hundreds of billions of dollars to a few billionaire families."
Former Congressman from Pennsylvania
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Joe Sestak was elected 2007 to represent Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district where he served for two terms. He served 31 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a three-star admiral. He was the highest-ranking military official to ever serve in the United States Congress. He has focused his run on his own experience in the military and says that he considers his two top priorities to be "putting a brake on climate change and putting an end to an illiberal world order’s injustices."
"What Americans most want today is someone who is accountable to them, above self, above party, above any special interest."
CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL
Congressman from California, former Alameda County, CA District Attorney
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Elected to the US House in 2012, he is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Intelligence Committees and has been heavily involved in those committees probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He is a strong proponent of reproductive health and a champion of stricter nationwide gun control. He said tackling student debt and gun violence were among the reasons he jumped into the Democratic primary race.
"I’ve talked to kids who sit in their classroom afraid that they’ll be the next victim of gun violence and they see Washington doing nothing about it after the moments of silence, and they see lawmakers who love their guns more than they love our kids."
SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN
Senator from Massachusetts; former Harvard professor
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Instrumental in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010, Senator Warren was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She is widely recognized as a powerful voice for consumers, a champion of the middle-class, American workers, campaign finance reform, and anti-corruption reform. Warren kicked off her campaign on February 9, 2019, releasing detailed policy proposals addressing income inequality, corruption, healthcare and student debt relief. Sen. Warren was also the first 2020 candidate to clearly call for impeachment proceedings against President Trump following the public release of Mueller’s report.
"I talk to nurses and programmers, salespeople and firefighters - people who bust their tails every day. Not one of them - not one - stashes their money in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying their fair share of taxes."
Author & Lecturer
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Marianne Williamson is the author of more than a dozen self-help and spirituality books. In 2014, She ran for California’s 33rd Congressional District as an independent and lost. A supporter of Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, she also has proposed $100 billion in reparations for slavery
"In order to make America better, all of us must be better now: more educated, more involved, and more conscious citizens of the United States."
Former tech executive who founded an economic development nonprofit
SIGNATURE MESSAGE: Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Venture for America (VFA), a fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to become startup leaders and entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of Yang's platform is the universal basic income (UBI) which Yang describes as "a form of social security that guarantees a certain amount of money to every citizen within a given governed population, without having to pass a test or fulfill a work requirement."
"As president, my first priority will be to implement Universal Basic Income for every American adult over the age of 18: $1,000 a month, no strings attached, paid for by a new tax on the companies benefiting most from automation. UBI is just the beginning."
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