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.
In his announcement video, appearing with his wife Amy, he said, “The interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy, and our climate have never been greater… And they will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America.”
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper officially kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign on March 4. Hickenlooper, 66, was a popular governor not to mention a successful businessmen.
“I’m running for president because we need dreamers in Washington but we also need to get things done,” he said. “I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver.”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Inslee has served as governor of Washington since 2012 and has been involved in public service for 30 years. He is running as the”climate candidate” as he has worked to lower carbon emissions and promote renewable energy.
Hesaid in a video released March 1, “I’m Jay Inslee and I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority.”
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders announced his second swing at the Democratic nomination on February 19. Although eventually losing the nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, Sanders ran a wildly popular campaign and garnered a huge fan base which has given him an extremely successful start to the 2020 run.
The 77 year-old Vermont senator is actually an Independent but caucuses with Democrats in Congress, and said in his announcement video, “Our campaign is about more than beating Donald Trump… It’s about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.”
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar became the 6th woman to jump into the 2020 field announced her candidacy during a blizzard. Klobuchar is hoping her reputation as “Minnesota nice” will be a helpful contrast to Donald Trump, offering people a logical and pragmatic choice although she has recently come under fire for allegedly mistreating her staff and has apparently had multiple people turn down jobs on her campaign.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
Cory Booker officially announced his candidacy for President on February 1. Booker has become popular for his liberal record and focus on social justice issues since becoming a member of the Senate in 2003. Prior to that, Booker, a Stanford and Yale alum, served two terms as Mayor in Newark, New Jersey.
Motivational speaker, author, and friend of Oprah Winfrey Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson is known for her being a motivational speaker, a New York Times best-selling author, and a friend to Oprah Winfrey. Williamson, a well-known AIDS awareness advocate, has been a notable self-help and New Age author since the 1980s. She has been linked to many celebrities as a “spiritual guru”. She had an unsuccessful run at Congress in 2014 but hopes her bid for the presidency will turn out differently.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg, 37, the youngest contender yet, currently serves as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced his candidacy through a video and email to his supporters. Buttigieg is also the only openly gay candidate in the running and is one of two military combat veterans in the race. In the video to supporters he says he is part of “a generation that is stepping forward right now.” He adds, “We’re the generation that lived through school shootings, that served in the wars after 9/11, and we’re the generation that stands to be the first to make less than our parents unless we do something different.”
California Senator Kamala Harris
Harris made her announcement on January 21, via Twitter and her campaign website.
She is currently serving her first term in the Senate and career parallels have been drawn to former President Barack Obama who was initially scrutinized for inexperience after he entered the 2008 presidential campaign as a first-term senator. Harris was also California’s attorney general.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand announced that she was looking into a run at the presidency on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on January 15. Although she has become a strong progressive leader, she initially found her political way as a moderate Democrat representing a conservative district in NY. She advocates for better policies on protections for women in the military, lowering healthcare costs, and decreasing economic and gender inequality.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
Julian Castro declared his candidacy on January 12 in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where he served as mayor for five years. Oddly enough, Castro’s own brother revealed the news that he was running for president in an interview with Stephen Colbert weeks earlier.
In his former role as Housing and Urban Development, he saw to the expansion of lead safety protections in federal housing, and also helped to rebuild communities affected by natural disasters under the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition, and fulfilled the Fair Housing Act.
Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard
Hawaiin representative Tulsi Gabbard announced her candidacy on January 11 after having served seven years in congress. She has managed to become a standout for progressive voters but has found it a struggle to fit into the Democratic party after her stances on issues, particularly foreign policy, have put her at odds with them for the last several years.
2. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her intent to form an exploratory committee for a presidential run in the upcoming election via a video on her website on December 31, 2018. Warren has assembled and exemplary team for her campaign, especially in the key primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa, and has been working hard on the trail already.
West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda
Richard Ojeda’s entry into the presidential race comes with one extremely large footnote: he is no longer in the race. Ojeda, a member of the West Virginia Senate, announced his bid on November 11, 2018 and soon after that he resigned from the State Senate and dropped out of the presidential race.
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang’s unique campaign, which features giving all Americans a basic monthly income of $1,000 and Medicare for all, was announced all the way back on November 6, 2017. Yang is a successful businessman and founder of Venture for America.
Former Maryland Representative John Delaney
Delaney was the first major candidate to emerge from the Democratic party into the 2020 presidential election, announcing his candidacy on July 28, 2017 via and op-ed in the Washington Post, saying, “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.”
President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump announced his intent to seek re-election in 2020 on January 20, 2017, just days into his first term as President.