Sign of the Times
Joe Biden Jr. announcing his Presidential candidacy last week has caused quite a dramatic turn of events. As a result, he is garnering immense support above many of his fellow Democratic candidates and is the subject of the current office holder’s Twitter rants. As we are drawing closer to the end of Trump’s scandal-filled first term as president, we can’t help but wonder if this means an opportunity for change. Or does it usher a second term for, the most controversial president in American history?
The presidential election will occur simultaneously with elections to the Senate and the House of Representatives. As of April 29, 2019, 700 candidates have filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for president. There are 23 potential candidates who have entered the race to the White house. The most notable candidates comprise of 21 Democrats and 2 Republicans, who have filed for Presidency or announced exploratory committees. Soon, Americans will elect the next president of the United States on November 3, 2020.
This list is fairly short, considering only 2 major contenders.
1. President Donald J. Trump: has filed to run for re-election 2020 on January 20, 2017
The Democratic Sea of Possibilities
It seems as if almost half the Democratic party has filed for candidacy. Therefore there is a healthy representation of women, people of color and even the LGBTQ+ community. Here’s a list of the major candidates:
1. Joe Biden: Former Vice President under the Obama administration, said to be forerunner of the party. Announced that he was running for president on April 25, 2019.
2. Elizabeth Warren: U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, formally announced she was running for president on February 9, 2019.
3. Bernie Sanders: U.S. senator from Vermont, announced that he was running for president on February 19, 2019.
4. Kamala Harris: U.S. senator of Indian-Jamaican parentage from California, announce that she was running for president on January 21, 2019.
18. Tim Ryan: a U.S. representative from Ohio, announced he was running for president on April 4, 2019.
20. Marianne Williamson: Author and lecturer, announced she was running for president on January 28, 2019.
21. Andrew Yang: Entrepreneur and author of Asian origin from New York, filed to run for president on November 6, 2017.
Agendas and Motives:
The Democratic Presidential Primary is buzzing with ideas for change and restoration. Despite many differences, some common issues agreed upon. For instance,views on climate change, gun control and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. However there’s less agreement on how to deal with racial disparity and inequality, Medicare and challenging the US system . On the other hand, the Republican counterpart focused on restricting immigration and building a wall at the Mexican border. Also, the current administration is renegotiating or canceling international deals on trade, arms control, and climate change.
Letting it Unfold
There may be more candidates filing for Presidency or that the ones in the list may withdraw at any given time before nominations. The Nationwide Party Conventions and General Election Debates will take place after each party has given a ticket to the candidate of their choice. To keep up with the 2020 Presidential elections, you can follow the candidates on their social media handles, such as Twitter, for news and updates.