What you need to know for the 2020 presidential election

Kris Gilbertson, Reporter

The 2020 election is only a year away and possible presidential candidates are trying to earn their way into the one slot of their political party. With the democratic debate coming to a close, here is what you need to know to make the right decision in 2020.

Republicans

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump

It is likely that the republican party will keep with their choice of incumbent president, Donald J. Trump to continue to hold office when they decide on August 24, 2020. Trump confirmed his running for a second term in the January following the 2016 election. In June of 2019, Trump started his campaign for the 2020 election. “We aren’t going to lose so it isn’t going to matter [What happens],” Trump said while talking about changing his slogan to “Keep America great!” The president takes pride in fulfilling his promises from his 2016 campaign address. For 2020, Trump hopes to take on Congress in adding to the 124 miles already approved for the 25 foot high fence separating Mexico from the United States. Trump also promised to end trade deficits. What this could mean if the president follows through is more products branding the made in America stickers.

Mark Sanford

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A likely runner up to Trump would be Mark Sanford. Sanford was elected to The House of Representatives in 1994 where he served as a republican for 7 years until 2001. Sanford then served as governor for 8 years before moving to congress for a total of 3, 2 year terms. Sanford’s primary goal as president would be to reform the Republican Party. In an interview with Judy Woodruff from PBS, Sanford says, “The Republican Party is not exactly the Republican party that I invested a lot of years of my life into.” Mark wants to focus on traditional Republican views such as cutting excess spending in the government. While lowering the national debt of over $22 Trillion, Sanford intends to simultaneously take on climate change. This is something many conservatives despised about the Trump campaign as he has seemed to turn a blind eye on climate change.

Joe Walsh

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Joe Walsh

Walsh opened his campaign by attacking points of Trump’s campaign. Walsh has strong opinions about the off and on tension between the U.S. and China involving trade and tariffs. He hopes to prioritize a better healthcare system for all United States citizens in the first months of his potential presidency. He also acknowledges the controversy between the borderline racial comments he has made in the past, but assures voters they were purposely said that way to attract attention to the matter and give citizens a reason to want change. Joe Walsh told IJR media he intended on providing a unified idea on climate change for both political parties. “Republicans need to sit at the table, acknowledge it’s a problem, and be open to man’s part in causing climate change,” Walsh said.

Democrats

Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren

Warren only continues to prove herself worthy of the spot as the number one candidate following the debate last week. Previously considered as the top nominee, she continued to hold her ground after several intense questions and rebuttals by fellow democrats. Primarily concerned with the safety of her citizens, Warren was the first to recommend the grounding of the Boeing 737 following the crash in Ethiopian Airline Flight 302. Warren partnered with the USOSHA to see that employees were not only protected from their employers, but customers as well. Warren proved herself able to listen to the community when she, along with thirty-eight other senators, signed a letter recommending the government employees should not be penalized for shutdowns they didn’t cause. CNN’s polls show Warren at 22%.

 

Joe Biden

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Joe Biden

The former vice-president believes he is ready to step up to the title of president. Biden plans to take immediate action on infringed human rights. He often ridicules Trump’s laws on the LGBT community joining the military. Something unique to Biden as a democrat is his support of the Hyde Amendment a law that only allows the government to provide funds for abortions in the circumstances such as preserving the life of the mother or if the child arised from rape or incest. His campaign has already completed a $1.7 trillion climate plan following the frame of the Green New Deal. Polls show Biden close behind Warren with 20%.

 

 

 

Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders

Sanders is a self proclaimed democratic socialist. A progressive, Sanders makes it a point to emphasize economic inequality. He hopes to advocate for the lower classes in providing universal health care and tuition free college. Sanders started his political career as Vermont’s Congressman where he spent 16 years. He then became a junior senator from Vermont where he currently remains. This is his second attempt at running for president but his first time running as a top three runner since he was previously an under dog. Sanders wants to broaden the United States foreign policy while cutting back on military funding. Sanders wants more diplomatic actions by the U.S. and  believes such a large standing army does not encourage such ideas. Sanders is behind 9% in CNN polls holding at 11%.

 

 

With all of these possible candidates it’s hard to make a choice. Plenty of things will change in the coming months. But it’s great to have a reliable source to look back on to remind yourself what  candidates said in the past.