Democrats who I think should run for president in 2020
It may be early, but there are some Democrats I would like to see put in a bid for the White House.
- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI 2nd District)
- Tulsi Gabbard is young and an eloquent speaker. She is most known for when she stepped down from the vice chair of the DNC to endorse Bernie Sanders. While she is not as liberal as some other potential candidates, she can easily appeal to Berniecrats as she was a strong supporter of his, and capture independent voters. Additionally, she is strong on foreign policy, as she is a veteran and is one of the strongest advocates against regime change and war in Syria.
2. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
- Elizabeth Warren is famous for her takedowns of bankers and elites and being a fierce defender of regular people, not special interests. Warren would likely attract young voters due to her progressive record and scandal free history, and she would also win over a large amount of Berniecrats as she has very similar stances with Sanders on major issues. Warren is also one of the strongest voices against Donald Trump, as she holds nothing back when attacking the President-elect.
3. Senator-elect Kamala Harris (D-CA)
- While Harris has not even begun her term as the junior senator from California, Harris has a background of being very progressive and also with deep knowledge of the law and legislation since she served as Attorney General. Harris is young and well-spoken, and could be a strong advocate against Donald Trump. It is still too early to look at her voting record, though.
4. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
- Booker is one of my least favorite potential candidates, as he takes money from big banks and other institutions. If he could run his campaign without the help of private interests, it would be easier to support him. Booker is also similar to President Obama, a charismatic, young, powerful speaker.
5. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
- Murphy is young and passionate, and could attract millennials unlike Hillary Clinton. He is well known for his fillibuster for gun control after the Pulse Night Club Shooting, and also worked with citizens of Newtown, Connecticut after the Sandy Hook Shooting to fight gun violence. His record on gun control can help him win Democratic voters, but would probably turn away many conservatives.
6. Vice President Joe Biden
- VP Biden is liked by people on both sides of the aisle, one of the reasons he was tapped for the veep position in 2008. Biden is loved by almost all Democrats and progressives, and could easily win the primary in 2020 and even the presidency (at least a better chance than some of the other candidates.) The only concern with Biden is his age, as he will be 78 years old in 2020.
7. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
- Gillibrand is popular in my home state of New York and a strong advocate against sexual assault in the military. She is young and charismatic, but does have deep corporate ties, as many describe her as a younger Hillary Clinton. This flaw can be a problem, since many Americans want an “anti-establishment candidate” who is not tied to big money and associated with “Washington insiders.” I do think she would be able to gain traction, as she is well known from a large Democratic state, and Democrats generally have a favorable opinion of her.