Over 450 candidates have already registered with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2020. While the elections are still a year away, politicians are preparing their campaigns to ensure their best chances of running. The question is, who exactly are these candidates and what are they planning to do if they are elected?
The current president, Donald Trump, has confirmed that he will be running for reelection in 2020. He is currently the dominant Republican candidate running, but Bill Weld, the former Governor of Massachusetts has made some strides with his campaign. However, his chances are slim to win the election given the strong hold Trump maintains over the Republican party and those who elected him in 2016.
Several Democrats are committed to running and beating Trump. This includes Eric Swalwell, who is focusing his campaign on gun control policies, Mike Gravel who also ran in the 2008 presidential elections. The 88 year old Democrat is bringing attention to issues of direct Democracy, nuclear proliferation and non interventionist foreign policy. Bernie Sanders is also in the race again for the next election.The self described Democratic Socialist was runner up in the 2016 Democratic primary. He is focusing on redistributing wealth and fighting inequality. Several women are candidates including Kirsten Gillibrand and Tulsi Gabbard; the latter was the first Samoan American and Hindu elected to congress. Both are emphasizing women’s issues like the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment.
There are several presidential candidates for the 2020 election, each having their own political views and beliefs. While it is too early to determine the final candidates, campaigns have begun to form. It is important to be knowledgeable about possible presidential candidates.