Fifteen Democratic presidential hopefuls have officially thrown their hats into the arena, as of March 18, 2019. Like the 2016 Republican candidates, the number of 2020 Democrats will likely overwhelm the election process.
Does anyone remember how many Republican candidates there were in 2016? They began with over 20. During the debates, there were so many voices no one was heard over the loudest person who dominated the field, and he was least qualified for the presidency. The others who were not heard would have been better choices for America.
The current Democratic candidate gender breakdown is nine men and six women. They range in age from 37 to 77. Eight candidates have little to no experience. The Democratic hopefuls, listed alphabetically, are:
- Sen. Cory Booker from New Jersey (2013-present) and a former mayor of Newark (2006-2013). He would be the first bachelor president should he be elected. On April 27, Booker will be 50 years old. According to ABC News, many had thought he would be the first Democratic black president.
- Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana Mayor (2012-present) is 37 years old. He proudly boasts being a millennial. Buttigieg claims “he could represent a generational shift in government and speaks frequently of issues that will affect younger Americans,” according to ABC News. He is an Afghanistan War veteran, a Democrat, and is married.
- Julian Castro, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama (2014-2017). He served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009 until he was appointed to Obama’s cabinet. Castro is married and 44 years old. He wants to give Americans the opportunities afforded him, according to his website. His twin brother, Joaquin, may be seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate.
- Former Rep. John Delaney from Maryland (2013-2019), he announced his bid as a Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2017 opting out of seeking another term as a House member. Delaney is married and will be 56 years old in April. His pledge to the American people is to focus on bipartisan proposals during his first 100 days should he be elected.
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii (2013-present). This Democrat boasts being the first American Samoan and the first Hindu in Congress. She is married and will be 38 in April. Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran. She has been scrutinized for her past work with an anti-gay organization and for coming to the defense of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York (2009-present), and previously served in the House of Representatives from 2007-2009). She is 52 years old, married, and refers to herself “as a young mom.” Gillibrand is a thought to be a moderate Democrat due to her past political positions.
- Sen. Kamala Harris from California (2017-current) is 54 and married. Should she win the Democratic presidency, Harris would achieve two firsts, female president who is also a woman of color. Her recent Twitter activity indicates the poor, people of color, and college students have been left behind. She supports the Debt-Free College Act coming to fruition immediately.
- John Hickenlooper Jr., former Colorado Governor, served two terms (2011-2019) and Denver’s mayor (2003-2011). He is married and 67 years old. As governor, Hickenlopper Jr. signed several anti-weapons laws into action, one restricts the size of magazines, and another requires a background check for any gun transferred within the state. This Democrat is also firmly against the death penalty.
- Gov. James Inslee from Washington state (2013-present), from 1989-93 he served as a State Representative. Inslee also served as a U.S. Representative in 1993-95 and 1999-2012. He is married, has three children, and is 68 years old. As a typical Democrat, his main focuses are climate change, minimum wage, and gun control. Inslee believes that if America can go to the moon, the country is equipped to defeat climate change.
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota (2007-current) will be 58 years old in May. Klobuchar served as the County Attorney of Hennipen County between 1997-2007. She is married and a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. During Klobuchar’s candidacy announcement she said, I’m running…for every American. I’m running for you.”
- Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke from Texas (2013-2019) also served as District 8 El Paso City Council (2005-2011). O’Rourke who was born Robert Francis is 46, has three children and is married.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont (2007-current) also served as a member of the House from 1991-2007. He was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont (1981-89). Sanders is currently registered as a Democrat and is running as a Democratic-Socialist and an Independent. Sanders is married and in September he will be 78 years old.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts (2013-current) will be 71 in June. Until 1996 she was registered as a Republican at which point she switched her party affiliation to Democrat.
- Marianne Williamson has no political experience and touts herself “as a ‘spiritual friend and advisor’ to Oprah Winfrey,” according to ABC News. She attempted to win a seat in Congressional District 33 for California in 2014 as an Independent. Williamson is 66 years old and based on her ideas she appears to be a Socialist, not a Democrat. She believes world peace can be achieved by taking care of women and children. Williamson also agrees with Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income for every American. She appears to be an anti-vaccine supporter.
- Andrew Yang from Manhatten, New York, has no political experience. He is 44 and married. In a recent tweet, he posted his “plan is tell the truth and listen to reason. That’s the whole plan.” Should he be elected his first task would be to create a Universal Basic Income. He contends that the United States government should guarantee $12,000 a year in wages to each American regardless of their social standing. It is unclear if he understands the difference between being a Socialist and a Democrat.
The overabundance of Democratic candidates will likely cause chaos similar to that witnessed by the world during the 2016 Republican race. What America needs is a candidate who is moderate, without extreme biases that appear to be too liberal or too conservative. After Hillary Clinton embarrassed American women the last thing the Democratic Party needs is to push a woman on the voters. If there is no Republican brave enough to run against President Donald Trump then the Democratic National Committee needs to discover who is the most reasonable, least scandal-ridden, and a strong speaker who exudes intelligence and logic for their candidate.
Opinion by Cathy Milne-Ware
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