Three Things To Know About The Remaining 8 Major Democratic 2020 Presidential Candidates

  1. Fmr. VP. Joe Biden (77)
    • Vice President from 2009 – 2017; U.S. senator for Delaware from 1973 – 2009. One of the youngest senators ever elected at age of 29. Weeks after his election, his wife and infant daughter died in a car crash; his two sons survived.
    • Known for his long tenure in public official and being an ardent defender of the Affordable Care Act (he opposes a Medicare For All policy).
    • Like Pres. Trump, he doesn’t drink alcohol.
  2. Mike Bloomberg (77)
    • Billionaire media mogul (founder & CEO of Bloomberg LP); New York, NY mayor from 2002 – 2013.
    • The Democrat turned Republican turned Independent turned Democrat is known for his donating billions to causes like climate change and gun control.
    • Although he was the last to enter the 2020 race in Nov. 2019, he announced he’ll pay for his nearly 500 staffers to support whoever wins the 2020 Democratic nomination, even if it’s not him.
  3. Pete Buttigieg (38)
    • South Bend, IN mayor from 2012 – 2020 (term ended Jan. 1, 2020);  U.S. Navy Reserve intelligence officer (deployed to Afghanistan in 2014).
    • The self-described “democratic capitalist” promises an alternative to his fellow competitors (ex: he advocates for a system that allows people to buy into Medicare rather than a Medicare For All policy).
    • If elected, he would become not only the first openly gay president, but also the youngest. Theodore Roosevelt (42) became the youngest President in 1901 after the assassination of Pres. McKinley (Pres. Kennedy is the youngest person ever elected U.S. President at 43).
  4. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (38)
    • U.S. representative for Hawaii since 2013 (the youngest woman ever elected to a U.S. state legislature at age 21).
    • First female combat veteran (deployed to Iraq in 2005 and Kuwait in 2009) to run for U.S. president; one of first female combat veterans ever elected to Congress.
    • She was one of only three House Dems to effectively vote against the articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump by voting only “present.”
  5. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (59)
    • First woman elected U.S. senator for Minnesota, elected in 2006.
    • Promises to bring “heartland economics” and Midwest values to the White House
    • She entered politics after her insurance co. would not let her stay in the hospital with her then-sick newborn.  She fought for a policy mandating a 48-hour hospital stay for new mothers – a similar policy became federal law the next year.
  6. Sen. Bernie Sanders (78)
    • U.S. senator for Vermont since 2007. Officially a political “independent” but votes with the democrats.
    • Known for being a lifelong progressive and self-described “democratic socialist”, two of his key policy proposals  are Medicare For All and a plan to cancel $1.6 trillion in student debt.
    • In 2016, Ben and Jerry’s named an ice cream flavor after him called “Bernie’s Yearning.”
  7.  Tom Steyer (62)
    • Billionaire hedge fund manager turned political activist
    • Promises to focus on climate change and eliminate political corruption. His ads to impeach Pres. Trump  began running in November 2017 – a year and a half before he entered the 2020 race.
    • Signed The Giving Pledge, a public commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to give back the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
  8.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (70)
    • U.S. senator for Massachusetts since 2013; fmr. commercial law professor and special ed teacher.
    • Known as a policy wonk on all things economy (ex: wealth tax) and healthcare (ex: Medicare For All) – her campaign slogan is  “I have a plan for that.”
    • If you text “Bailey” to 244-77, you can get updates from the 2020 campaign trail from her dog.

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