The fact that that isn't even the full list of potential candidates speaks to the fact that, with a first-time candidate from the world of reality television in the Oval Office, all previous notions about paths to the presidency have gone out the window. Democrats in his home state showed little interest in changing an existing law so that he could be on the ballot for both the Senate and the presidency in the same year. In 2013, he successfully parlayed those behind-the-scenes roles into an electoral career of his own.
Jeff Merkley , 62. But all of that preparation will remain potential, until each candidate makes the deeply personal decision of whether to launch a process that could irrevocably reshape their lives, win or lose. Gillibrand told Colbert she sees 2020 as a clear, black-and-white divide between good and evil. The author of more than a dozen self-help and spirituality books.
Retired Army paratrooper Richard Ojeda chose Veterans Day to unveil his bid for the presidency in 2020.
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Has focused on undoing the policies of the Obama administration, including on health care , environmental regulation and immigration. Courtesy U.
Getty Images. The former San Antonio mayor, who also served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration, threw his hat into the ring early, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee in mid-December and formally declaring his candidacy on Jan.
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Andrew Yang , 44. Could make the case that his fiery economic populism and liberal record are a compelling fit for a party that is seeking to reassemble a coalition of Midwestern states that Mr.
Weld , 73. The congresswoman from Hawaii is joining a growing pool of Democrats ready to take on President Trump in 2020.
Cory Booker , 49. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Biden Jr.
Quickly drew notice for her tough questioning of Mr. Slide Show 12 of 21. Most of the conversations were conducted anonymously, so staffers could speak openly about politically sensitive matters. As president of the Democratic Governors Association, Inslee crisscrossed the country in 2018 — including stops in Iowa and New Hampshire — to promote his current and would-be colleagues and to talk up his ideas for combatting climate change.