In January 2017, as soon as he took office, President Donald Trump wasted no time filing the initial paperwork he would need in order to run for re-election in 2020. At the time, another presidential election seemed light years away but now, with only nine months left before official primaries begin, 20 Democratic contenders have entered the race to battle it out with Trump.
Former Vice President Joe Biden just officially announced his campaign and he joins six Senators, six former and current House of Representatives members, several mayors, governors, and others on the Democrat side. The Dems aren’t the only ones lining up to take Trump out- he is also facing competition within his own party.
Scroll down for a look at all the major party candidates in the 2020 race for the presidency.
Former Vice President and Delaware Senator Joe Biden
Biden has kept everyone waiting as he has hinted at a presidential bid for months now but on April 25 he announced his campaign and became the 20th candidate in the field. Biden, 77, comes in as a frontrunner simply on name recognition alone. But the former VP to Obama has been polling in top place even before his official announcement and will not only rely on his Democrat base but also on his strong blue collar roots to hopefully swing Republicans who might have otherwise voted for Trump.
In his announcement, Biden said, “…if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen,”
Massachusetts congressman Seth Moulton
Congressman Moulton became the 19th person to enter the race when he announced his run on April 22. He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I am running because I am a patriot, because I believe in this country and because I have never wanted to sit on the sidelines when it comes to serving it.” Notably, Moulton, a fairly moderate Democrat focused on foreign policy and national security, served the country as a marine and did four tours of duty in Iraq.
Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld
Bill Weld served as Governor in the 1990s before his recent run at the presidency. In 2016, he was on the Libertarian side of the ticket as running mate to Gary Johnson. In his announcement statement, he said, “It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity, and opportunity for all… There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.”
California Congressman Eric Swalwell
Eric Swalwell announced his candidacy on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on April 8. Swalwell is focusing his efforts on the issues of gun violence and has been active in House committees that were directly involved in the recent investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.
He told Colbert, “I see a country in quicksand… Unable to solve threats from abroad, and unable to make life better for people here at home…none of that is going to change unless we get a leader willing to go big on the issues we take on, be bold on the solutions we offer and do good in the way that we govern.”
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
Ryan, a moderate Democrat who has served in the House since 2003, joined the race on April 4, announcing his bid on The View. On his campaign website, he says, “failed leadership and broken promises have destroyed the middle-class, forcing our economy into crisis and pushing the American Dream out of reach.” Ryan was also one of the leaders in the effort to block Nancy Pelosi as becoming Speaker of the House in 2018.
Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam
Meesam,44, mayor of the city of Miramar, announced his long shot bid at the presidency on March 28 as the third mayor to enter the race. “The American Dream my parents sought when they came from Jamaica with just a 5th-grade education is fleeting,” he said in a twitter announcement. “Together, we can put the American Dream back within reach for all.”
Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke
Beto O’Rourke announced his much anticipated campaign on March 18 after a standout performance against Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the November 2018 midterm election. Although he lost that race – he came within three points – he broke fundraising records and became a Democratic party frontrunner even before he had decided to run.