- The 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, but many hopefuls are already announcing their candidacies.
- While many potential Democratic candidates have yet to announce their intentions, some have already launched presidential campaigns, including Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Maryland Representative John Delaney.
- Here’s a list of the major party 2020 presidential candidates.
President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump is seeking reelection in 2020. He announced his intentions to do so just days into his first term, on January 20, 2017.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
On a video posted to her website on December 31, 2018, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that she was launching an exploratory committee for a presidential run in 2020. In the video, Warren – who has long been expected to run – described her vision of defending the middle class, which she said was “under attack.”
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
Castro declared his candidacy on January 12 in a widely publicized announcement event in San Antonio, Texas, his hometown and where he served as mayor for five years.
Castro’s official announcement came weeks after his brother had revealed the news during an interview with Stephen Colbert in December.
Under Castro’s tenure, HUD expanded lead safety protections in federally assisted housing, worked to reconstruct communities affected by natural disasters under a $US1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, and fulfilled the Fair Housing Act.
Former Maryland Representative John Delaney
Former Maryland Representative John Delaney was the first major Democrat to declare a presidential bid.
Delaney, who was a US representative from 2013 to 2019, announced his decision to run on July 28, 2017.
In a Washington Post op-ed announcing his candidacy, Delaney said “The current administration is making us less prosperous and less secure. I’m running because I have an original approach to governing and an economic policy that can put us on a different course.”
West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda
Richard Ojeda, a member of the West Virginia Senate, is running for the White House in 2020.
Ojeda, who lost a House race in 2018, announced his decision to run soon after, on November 11, 2018.
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang, an American entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, announced his presidential candidacy on November 6, 2017.
Yang’s campaign prominently features giving all Americans a basic $US1,000 monthly income.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard announced her candidacy on January 11 in an interview with CNN’s Van Jones set to air on Saturday night.
The Hawaii representative has been in Congress since 2012, and has been at times a rising star for progressives but also sometimes challenging to the rest of her party. Her positions on foreign policy, in particular, have at times put her at odds with many on the left over the past year or two.
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