The Best 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

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Officially declared candidates only. Vote for the most viable Democratic presidential candidates running for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

The United States 2020 presidential run is well underway, and this list will help you keep tabs on all the officially announced Democratic candidates. Vote up the strongest Democratic presidential election candidates, from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker to former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro. Learn about each of the Democratic candidates running for president, and discover who they really are. Each candidate's political stances, former work experience, and the ways they officially announced their candidacies are all listed here, along with links to their official campaign sites. 

After his divisive term in the Oval Office, Democrats are hoping to defeat President Donald Trump and his ever-changing staff in his attempt at a second term. Most of the Democratic candidates took strong stances in their announcements, most of which were through social media. 

Who do you think should win the nomination on the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket? Cast your votes below before making your way to the polls for the primaries and Democratic National Convention, which are scheduled for July 13-16, 2020, in Milwaukee, WI. 

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  • Bernie Sanders
    Photo: United States Congress / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    3,112 VOTES

    Voting Closed: Candidate dropped out of the presidential race on April 8, 2020.

    Current Position: Vermont senator

    Political Positions: Senator Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist who tried to run on the Democratic ticket in 2016. He favors a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for all, and tuition-free public universities. He also supports the Green New Deal, student debt reduction, federally legal cannabis, and the end of the private prison and insurance industries.

    Sanders has a long-running history of trying to break up big banks, and introduced legislation in October 2018 to do so. While many of Sanders's ideas seemed too radical or unachievable during the 2016 race, many of his opponents have adopted his progressive stances for their own 2020 presidential campaigns. 

    Announcement: Sanders made his announcement on February 19, 2019, during an interview on Vermont Public Radio. "We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move the revolution forward," he explained. 

    Official Campaign Website

    3,112 votes
  • Elizabeth Warren
    Photo: United States Senate / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    2,965 VOTES

    Voting Closed: Candidate dropped out of the presidential race on March 5, 2020

    Current Position: Massachusetts senator

    Political Positions: The former law professor switched party affiliation from Republican back in 1996. She is pushing for greater regulations on Wall Street, and said that "banks exercise too much power in Washington." Warren has remained vocal about what she sees as structural problems that lead to wealth inequality, and she has proposed a new annual "wealth tax" on Americans who have more than $50 million in assets. 

    Warren has made headlines since President Trump's election, as he made a point of calling her "Pocahontas" due to her claims of Native American heritage. At the end of 2018, after taking a DNA test to prove she has Native American ancestry, she was heavily criticized. On February 1, 2019, Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation for the stunt. 

    Announcement: Warren announced the formation of an exploratory committee on December 31, 2018. 

    Campaign Slogan: "I have a plan for that."

    Official Campaign Website

    2,965 votes
  • Peter Buttigieg
    Photo: City of South Bend, Indiana / Wikimedia Commons / CC0
    2,975 VOTES

    Voting Closed: Candidate dropped out of the presidential race on March 1, 2020

    Current Position: Mayor of South Bend, IN

    Political Positions: As one of the youngest candidates running, Buttigieg has focused his campaign on forming policies "untethered to the politics of the past," saying that the US "needs a fresh start."

    Buttigieg (pronounced BOO'-tah-juhj), a Navy veteran, came out as a gay man during his campaign for a second mayoral term, and if he were to win the nomination, he would be the first openly gay nominee from a major party. He is a relatively small player compared with the rest of the Democrats running, but that hasn't stopped people like former President Barack Obama from viewing him as a potential candidate. 

    Announcement: Buttigieg announced the formation of an exploratory committee on January 23, 2019. 

    Official Campaign Site

    2,975 votes
  • Amy Klobuchar
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    2,414 VOTES

    Voting Closed: Candidate dropped out of the presidential race on March 2, 2020

    Current Position: Minnesota senator

    Political Positions: A former county prosecutor, the Minnesota senator is known for her quick action regarding the collapse of the Interstate 35W Bridge and, oddly enough, her comedic timing. Klobuchar wants to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and reduce greenhouse gases 45% by 2030. She wants to expand Medicare to older Americans, but has not made it clear whether or not she is on board with the "Medicare for all" movement.

    Klobacher wants to increase legal immigration, but for her, that does not include abolishing ICE - instead, she wants to reform it

    Announcement: Klobuchar made her announcement on February 10, 2019, right near the site of the bridge collapse. Amidst a heavy snow, Klobuchar said, "We don't let a little snow stop us! We don't let a lot of cold stop us!" Klobuchar added that she would love to see President Trump "sitting out here in the snow for an hour giving this speech."

    Official Campaign Site

    2,414 votes
  • Kamala Harris
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    2,853 VOTES

    Kamala Harris

    Voting Closed: Candidate dropped out of the presidential race on December 3, 2019

    Current Position: California senator

    Political Positions: Like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Kamala Harris is looking to shift the Overton window. Some of her key talking points are universal health care, a ban on assault weapons, and a Green New Deal. She supports eradicating private insurance in favor of "Medicare for all," and believes climate change is "an existential threat to us, and we have got to deal with the reality of it."

    Folks who are on the fence about Harris cite her voting record and time as California attorney general as a source of conflict. Harris has argued that while she personally did not believe some of the things she politically advocated - like barring transgender inmates from receiving gender confirmation surgery - as the attorney general of California, she "had a host of clients that I was obligated to defend and represent."

    Announcement: Harris announced she was running for president on January 21, 2019 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - on ABC's Good Morning America. She said she was "honored to be able to make my announcement on the day that we commemorate [Dr. King]."

    Campaign Slogan: "For the People"

    Official Campaign Website

    2,853 votes
  • Cory Booker
    Photo: Senate of the United States / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    2,403 VOTES

    Voting Closed: Candidate dropped out of the presidential race on January 13, 2020

    Current Position: New Jersey senator

    Political Positions: Booker has remained a longtime advocate of criminal justice and drug policy reform. He played a crucial role in passing the First Step Act, a nonpartisan bill that gives judges more discretion when it comes to sentencing drug offenders and boosts rehabilitation efforts in prisons. He aims to federally legalize cannabis and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, saying he envisions a government "where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins." 

    He has also caught some flack from Democratic socialist groups, as he has connections to Wall Street and believed the 2012 Obama campaign was too hard on the private equity industry

    Announcement: Booker launched his presidential campaign on February 1, 2019 - the first day of Black History Month - on all forms of social media.

    Campaign Slogan: "We Will Rise"

    Official Campaign Website

    2,403 votes