Written by Alex Whipkey


Donald Trump

  • Incumbent candidate since 2016, is going for a second term.

William Weld

  • The Libertarian party’s 2016 vice-presidential candidate. Now runs as an anti-Trump Republican.
  • Wants to provide a voice for political moderates and anti-Trump conservatives.
  • Favors free trade and legalization of marijuana.


Cory Booker

  • New Jersey senator, former mayor of Newark
  • Takes after Obama’s style of inspiration
  • Favors criminal justice reform, Medicare for All (though he’s not part of the Medicare for All Caucus), and legalization of marijuana.

Joe Biden

  • Former vice president under Obama
  • Better-known and better-liked than probably any other Democratic candidate.Known for his down-to-earth personality and connection with lower-and-middle class voters.
  • Believes that 2020 will be a good chance to rally those alienated by the Trump administration and win.
  • Focused on restoring America to prominence and establishing economic safety nets.

Steve Bullock

  • Not confirmed, but extremely likely to run.
  • Governor of Montana, former state attorney general
  • A Democrat who was reelected in a deep-red state in 2016. Those who would usually be straight-ticket Republican voters still seem to want to vote for him.  He thinks this is his greatest strength.
  • Campaign finance reform, assault weapons ban, universal preschool, reducing economic inequality.

Pete Buttigieg

  • Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Afghan War veteran.
  • Wants a voice for Millennials in a government dominated by older generations who he says do not understand Millennial dilemmas.
  • Issues include representation for younger generations, climate change, economic opportunity.

Julián Castro

  • Former mayor of San Antonio, former Secretary of Housing and Development under Obama
  • Provides a platform for Hispanics, favors Medicare for All, universal preschool, and immigration reform.

John Delaney

  • Former Maryland congressman
  • Seems to be running in earnest, has been since 2017 as a head start
  • Claims bipartisanism, also endorses liberal concepts like gun control and universal health care.

Tulsi Gabbard

  • Hawaiian congresswoman
  • Noninterventionist foreign policy.

Kirsten Gillibrand

  • New York senator
  • Used to be conservative, transformed to progressive during Trump administration
  • Women’s equality is at center of platform

Kamala Harris

  • California senator, former California attorney general
  • Opposed to Trump’s cabinet and Supreme Court choices, aims to appeal to mainstream Democrats.
  • Middle-class tax cuts, equality and civil rights.

John Hickenlooper

  • Former mayor of Denver, former governor of Colorado
  • Colorado is a purple state, so he has had to maintain a pragmatic bipartisanism.He wants the Democrats to be more focused on policy than on problems they have.
  • Affordable healthcare, gun control, legalization, gay rights, et cetera.

Jay Inslee

  • Former congressman, current governor of Washington State
  • Has been concerned with climate change throughout his career.
  • Reducing climate change is his main objective. Renewable energy, green-energy jobs program.

Amy Klobuchar

  • Minnesota senator
  • Moderately progressive with focus on reclaiming swing states. She is one of the most popular candidates in the Democratic party, partly owing to her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Focused on opioid crisis, drug addiction, and cost of medication along the usual Democratic issues.

Wayne Messam

  • Mayor of Miramar, Florida. College football champion.
  • Says he can resuscitate the American dream. He is well-liked as a mayor and as a championship-winning wide receiver for the 1993 Florida State Seminoles, but he has no real traction outside of that.
  • Standard Democratic stances on climate change, gun control, and immigration.Proposed cancelling all student debt across the entire country.

Seth Moulton

  • Massachusetts congressman, Iraq veteran
  • Led an opposition movement against Nancy Pelosi which ultimately didn’t amount to much. Uses his military service as a key point of his campaign.
  • Focuses more on foreign policy than any other Democrat running. Advocates strengthening of NATO but rethinking of its strategic value.  Also considers a Pacific version of NATO to combat China.

Beto O’Rourke

  • Former Texas congressman, 2018 Senate candidate
  • He livestreams his entire life. It was a big part of his 2018 campaign.  Has viral appeal for younger voters.
  • Concerned with immigration reform, legalization of marijuana, and rural hospital access.

Tim Ryan

  • Ohio congressman
  • A voice for Midwestern blue-collars. He wants to fight to keep the working class in business and Ohio seems to like him even though they swung for Trump in 2016.
  • Union rights, workforce development, emphasis on trade deals.

Bernie Sanders

  • Vermont senator, 2016 Democratic runner-up
  • Was pretty popular last time around, but it’s possible that his massive popularity was due to the polarizing nature of his main opponent Hillary Clinton.
  • Universal healthcare, free college, halting our long-standing tradition of government lobbying and massive billionaire influence.

Eric Swallwell

  • California congressman
  • Wants a younger Democratic party that’s more in-touch with Millennial issues.Has a seat on the House Intelligence Committee and wants to investigate the Trump administration.
  • Investigating Trump is his main selling point as well as medical research and a ban on assault weapons.

Elizabeth Warren

  • Massachusetts senator, former Harvard professor
  • Has been preparing to run for years. Believes that women can fix the government and uses feminism as a rallying point for those alienated by Trump.
  • Focus on economic inequality, wants to stop big corporations from dominating everything including the government.

Marianne Williamson

  • Inspirational speaker and self-help author
  • Her website claims that her campaign is dedicated to the search for higher wisdom.
  • Wants to spend $100 billion on reparations for slavery, putting that money into economic and education projects.

Andrew Yang

  • Former tech executive, founder of an economic development organization
  • Has captured a relatively large amount of attention in a short time due to his unique campaign and talking points. He’s obsessed with math, pointing to robotics and artificial intelligence as a key issue in today’s America that goes unnoticed by politicians. He’s focused on young voters, interacting with audiences at his speeches and maintaining an active social media personality including an appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast.
  • Aside from his focus on tech putting people out of jobs, his major selling point is a government-funded universal basic income of $1000 per month for all American adults.

The next few weeks could see several more Democratic candidates entering the arena.

*Some information generated from public opinion and census.

The full list of candidates can be found at https://ballotpedia.org/Presidential_candidates,_2020