WASHINGTON — The 2020 Democratic primary features the most wide-open field in decades, with candidates who are already bringing in massive amounts of money. And it's getting even more crowded by the day.
The large field is also creating space for a new set of issues not normally discussed during nominating contests. There's even increased interest in debating procedural changes to grease the wheels, an idea explored by NBC's Benjy Sarlin and Lauren Egan.
Read on to see how the candidates are handling three of these issues — reparations, court packing and abolishing the electoral college.
Broad support for some form of reparations
Reparations hasn't been at the forefront of any recent primary conversation. But this cycle, seven candidates have offered support for reparations, with varying definitions.
Julián Castro thinks reparation payments should be on the table, and promised to create a commission to offer a plan for reparations.
Others — Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar — all say they're open to the debate on how to best handle reparations, pointing to policies aimed at helping low-income families as a way to help level the playing field. However, Sanders has ruled out the idea of direct reparation payments.
And Beto O'Rourke has broadly called for the country to recognize the ills of slavery without committing to any specifics.
Candidates split on court packing
There's less unanimity on the idea of making structural changes to the Supreme Court.
Pete Buttigieg has offered one idea to expand the number of justices to 15 — a third Republican-appointed, a third Democratic-appointed, and a third of consensus picks.
Warren, Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand all signaled an openness to the idea in a new Politico piece on the debate.
O'Rourke has mused about the idea, but hasn't settled on a specific answer.
But Booker and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who is exploring a bid, are throwing cold water on the idea.
Abolishing electoral college gaining some traction
As a coalition of states is pushing to abolish the electoral college, two of the younger presidential candidates are making abolishing the electoral college a key issue.
Buttigieg regularly talks about the idea during interviews and candidate events, while Seth Moulton penned a column in The Washington Post earlier this month on abolishing the electoral college as well as the Senate filibuster.