The Presidential Campaign

The Presidential Campaign

Joslyn Rico, Writer

Joe Biden (Democrat)

Former Vice President of the United States under Barack Obama. In his campaign he is focusing on issues like the Charlottesville riots, and the white supremacy march.

Wayne Messam (Democrat)

Former Florida state football & Current mayor of Miramar, Florida. Elected in 2015 he is the first African American man to hold then role in Miramar. His focus points are gun control, climate change, and health care.

Beto O’ Rourke (Democrat)

He was the democratic challenger to Ted Cruz’s senate seat in Texas last November. He was presented as an example of “Blue Wave”. He was also on the cover of vanity fair this month. He is a candidate who is all about personality but he makes up for it with his charisma and has even been compared to Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton.

John Hickenlooper (Democrat)

The former governor of Colorado held office from 2011 until January 2019. In his campaign announcement he said “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce progressive change Washington has failed to deliver”.

Jay Inslee (Democrat)

The current Governor of Washington state who is focusing on climate change and the role global warming played in the California fires.
He also got Bill Nye to be featured in his campaign video in which he said “We have to act now. There is no acting tomorrow. This is a today emergency if you will.

Bernie Sanders (Democrat)

Previously he was the Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton in 2016. He told a Vermont public radio station on Tuesday “We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign and now it’s time to move that revolution forward”.

Amy Klobuchar (Democrat)

The long-term senator from Minnesota claims she “works well with both sides of the aisle” which is a metaphor for having democratic and republican views. She did her announcement speech in the middle of a blizzard and thinks she has grit on the most formidable opponents.

Elizabeth Warren (Democrat)

You may recognize her from president Trump’s tweets. The Scholar and senator from Massachusetts is the only person Trump see’s as a credible threat. She said in her campaign video “rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else”.

Cory Booker (Democrat)

He is the former Newark mayor and the first African American senator to represent New Jersey. In 2016 he was in the final 3 to be selected as Clinton’s Vice President. “Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common purpose. Together, America, we will rise.”

Kamala Harris (Democrat)

The former attorney general of California took over Barbara Boxers senate seat in 2016, as the first senator elected from either Indian or Jamaican decent. Her key issues include Justice, Decency, Equality, Freedom, and Democracy.

Marianne Williamson (Democrat)

She is described as Oprah’s Spiritual Guru and is also a best selling self help author. You might recognize by her quotes on Instagram and Pinterest. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”. She believes America needs a moral and spiritual awakening and she can be the one to do that.

Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat)                                                                 

The senator from New York has spoken out about Trump since day 1. She is a fierce advocate for victims of sexual harassment and assault. “I’m going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom, I’m going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I would my own”.

Julian Castro (Democrat)

The former mayor of San Antonio, Texas was also the secretary of urban development under President Obama. He was also considered for Clinton’s VP slot in 2016.  The proud grandson of immigrants is coming after Trump on immigration. New York Times called him “One of the most high-profile Latino democrats to ever seek nomination”.

Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat)

The 37-year-old was the first Hindu elected into congress. She served as Hawaii’s 2nd district rep since 2013. She is an Iraq veteran so naturally her issues involve proper treatment for

veterans.

John Delaney (Democrat) 

The former 3-term congressional representative from Maryland’s 6th district was the 1st to announce their presidential bid. He has democratic issues on jobs, immigration and veterans.

Andrew Yang (Democrat)

Although the Columbia grad and lawyer has no political experience, he has spent years working in Silicon Valley and even created a nonprofit organization called Venture for America which helps young entrepreneurs start businesses. His idea is to give everyone who works a thousand dollars a month with a higher tax on transactions.

Michael Bennet (Democrat)

The Colorado senator has been serving since 2009. His key issues are economic mobility and the controversial keystone oil pipeline.

Bill de Blasio (Democrat)

The current mayor of New York City believes in working people first.  He wants to raise minimum wage to $15 and employees get paid sick leave.

Steve Bullock (Democrat)

The Governor of Montana wants to restore order in a political space and get rid of groups like the super PACS.

Pete Buttigieg (Democrat)

As the first openly gay presidential candidate the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana is barely old enough to run at 37 years old. (The cutoff is 35). He is focusing on climate change and gun control.

William Welsh (Republican)

The former Governor of Massachusetts served from 1991 until 1997. He believes in equality dignity, opportunity, and he is pro tax cuts.

Donald Trump (Republican)

Last but not least our current President is in the running.