2020 Democrats

Meet the primary candidates angling to unseat President Donald Trump. For complete coverage of each campaign, click a portrait.

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    Michael Bennet

    U.S. senator from Colorado
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    Michael Bennet

    U.S. senator from Colorado

    The 54-year-old two-term lawmaker previously served as superintendent of Denver Public Schools.

    “You can’t fix a broken Washington if you don’t level with the American people."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

    •Ban members of Congress from becoming lobbyists and reverse Citizens United

    •Supports a Medicare public option

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    Joe Biden

    Former vice president of the United States
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    Joe Biden

    Former vice president of the United States

    The 77-year-old native of Scranton, Pa., spent more than 35 years in the Senate before being tapped as Obama's VP.

    “We are in the battle for the soul of this nation."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Increase public school funding, raise teacher pay, implement universal pre-K

    •Invest $1.7 trillion in gov't funds over 10 years to reach net zero emissions by 2050

    •"Build upon" ACA; supports Medicare public option

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  • Illustration of Cory Booker.
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    Cory Booker

    U.S. senator from New Jersey
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    Cory Booker

    U.S. senator from New Jersey

    The 50-year-old former mayor of Newark has served in the Senate since 2013.

    "I will be a president for all people in America."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Implement a federal gun licensing program and a ban on assault weapons

    •Expand the existing Earned Income Tax Credit; provide all citizens with a "baby bond"; new tax credits for renters

    •Slash mandatory minimum sentences and legalize marijuana

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  • Illustration of Pete Buttigieg.
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    Pete Buttigieg

    Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
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    Pete Buttigieg

    Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

    The 37-year-old former Naval intelligence officer served in Afghanistan before being elected mayor of his hometown.

    "It’s time to walk away from the politics of the past, and toward something totally different."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Implement “Medicare for All Who Want It”

    •Make public college free for lower-income students

    •Abolish the Electoral College, reform the Supreme Court by adding justices

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    Julián Castro

    Former HUD secretary
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    Julián Castro

    Former HUD secretary

    The 44-year-old served three terms as mayor of San Antonio before joining the Obama administration.

    "It’s time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities that I've had are available for every American.”

    Key proposals:

    -Reclassify illegal entry into the U.S. as a civil infraction, provide undocumented immigrants with path to citizenship

    -Universal pre-K, tuition-free public college

    -Implement national standards for police

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  • Illustration of John Delaney.
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    John Delaney

    Former U.S. congressman from Maryland
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    John Delaney

    Former U.S. congressman from Maryland

    The 56-year-old former lawmaker has been running for the nomination since 2017.

    "It is time for us to rise above our broken politics."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Implement universal pre-K, paid for by a 1.5 percent on incomes over $500,000

    •Address infrastructure needs with a $2 trillion program, pay for it in part by raising the corporate tax rate to 27 percent

    •Assess a carbon fee to reduce emissions by 90 percent by 2050

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  • Illustration of Tulsi Gabbard
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    Tulsi Gabbard

    U.S. congresswoman from Hawaii
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    Tulsi Gabbard

    U.S. congresswoman from Hawaii

    The 38-year-old representative served in Iraq and Kuwait in Hawaii’s Army National Guard.

    "I will bring this soldier's principles to the White House."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Has not released proposals as a presidential candidate

    •Supports "universal health care," criminal justice reform, combating climate change

    •Restore the Iran nuclear deal and work to prevent "unnecessary costly wars"

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  • Illustration of Amy Klobuchar
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    Amy Klobuchar

    U.S. senator from Minnesota
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    Amy Klobuchar

    U.S. senator from Minnesota

    The 59-year-old lawmaker became the first woman from her state elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

    "As your president, I’ll look you in the eye, tell you what I think and focus on getting things done."

    Key proposals:

    •Invest $650 billion in gov't funds to fix infrastructure

    •Improve mental health care and fight substance abuse with a $100 billion plan

    •Expand Medicare and Medicaid

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    Bernie Sanders

    U.S. senator from Vermont
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    Bernie Sanders

    U.S. senator from Vermont

    The 77-year-old political independent ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

    "Our campaign is about creating a government and an economy that works for the many, not just the few."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •A Medicare for All, single-payer program

    •Raise the federal minimum wage to “at least” $15

    •Make public colleges, universities and trade schools tuition free

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  • Illustration of Tom Steyer.
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    Tom Steyer

    Activist and financier
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    Tom Steyer

    Activist and financier

    The 62-year-old former hedge fund manager founded and directs political activist groups.

    "There’s been a hostile corporate takeover of our government, and I’m here to return to government of, by, and for the people.”

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Declare a national emergency to combat climate change

    •Congressional term limits

    •Impeach President Donald Trump

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  • Illustration of Elizabeth Warren.
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    Elizabeth Warren

    U.S. senator from Massachusetts
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    Elizabeth Warren

    U.S. senator from Massachusetts

    The 70-year-old lawmaker helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 financial crisis.

    "Our fight is for big, structural change."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Impose an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” use funds to pay for programs such asuniversal pre-K and child care

    •Make public colleges and universities free, cancel federal and private student loan debt

    •Break up tech giants to promote competition, safeguard privacy

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  • Illustration of Marianne Williamson.
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    Marianne Williamson

    Author
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    Marianne Williamson

    Author

    The 67-year-old self-help author and lecturer has never held elected office.

    "We need a moral and spiritual awakening in the country."

    Key issues and proposals:

    •Establish a Cabinet-level Department of Childhood and Youth.

    •Implement the Green New Deal, overhaul the Environmental Protection Agency.

    •Pay reparations for slavery.

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  • Illustration of Andrew Yang
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    Andrew Yang

    Business leader
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    Andrew Yang

    Business leader

    The 44-year-old New York entrepreneur has never held or sought elected office.

    "We have this sinking feeling that our government is way behind the curve, and I'm trying to catch us up."

    Key issues and proposals:

    • Universal basic income

    • Promote “human-centered capitalism," launch a new social currency

    • Implement a Medicare for All system

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