A Synopsis of 2020 Presidential Candidates
As the fall comes to a close and the year continues marching ahead, the once-distant event of the primary election looms ever-closer. In the midst of the relentless media coverage and verbose political jargon, it becomes difficult to distinguish platforms or opinions on contentious issues- issues that most significantly color the moral ground that all candidates are campaigning to build his or her presidency upon, and can be the most consequential for many individuals within the country and beyond. If you hold any misconceptions, judgments that need to be added to or ramified as the forest of American opinion becomes increasingly dense, allow this to be a compass of your own belief in order to reach the right representative for you in the wind that makes up the political stratosphere of 2019.
Joe Biden is a former Delaware Senator and was the Vice President within the Obama administration. As one of the oldest candidates represented in the race, Biden prides himself on maintaining a soft-spoken interpersonal skill that is infused with enough pragmatism and political experience to wrangle over Trump supporters and old-style Democrats who feel disillusioned by the new faces of the party. While Biden maintains similar ideological stances as other candidates on issues that have unraveled in the Trump presidency, many of these proposals are framed around the continuation or restructuring of the Obama administration’s missions rather than of more radical change.
Michael Bloomberg is a former New York City mayor that after a decade of speculation into candidacy, has nearly confirmed that he will enter the race of 2020. As the wealthiest candidate in the race by a factor of eighteen, he holds an ideologically similar stance to fellow moderate democrats such as Joe Biden, who value gun-control and governmentally legitimatizing climate change while operating more fiscally conservative. Despite the fact that he has not formally collocates his policies, Bloomberg’s previous taxation opinions will inferable likely dictate his policy. He also pioneered the controversial “stop-and-frisk” method of policing that is incompatible with many progressive stances that reflect the changing attitudes of the Democratic party. Though he has spoken out against previous approval of the practice, it is difficult to determine whether such action should be interpreted as a change of heart or an effort to adhere to the body of the constituency he is attempting to attract.
Pete Buttigieg is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, where he has successfully endeavored progressive initiatives that have increased the socioeconomic standing of the city. In addition to being the second openly gay presidential candidate, he is also the youngest of the 2020 race, aiming to bring into light the voice of millennials who have faced unique burdens under an America that devalues problems such as excessive student debt. Alongside, Buttigieg’s experience in the Afgan War acts as a way to pocket the vote of a class of voters who went against party ties in the 2016 election under the impression that Democrats have not given enough credence to the hardships the activity deployed, families of actively deployed, or veterans endured. Each of these dimensions enables him to petition to push through a dynamic collection of policies that often are considered exclusive of each other such as banning the electoral college and expanding funding to the military, capturing a diverse branch of voters.
Julian Castro is the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, the youngest member of President Obama’s cabinet, and was speculated to have been a possible choice for Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016 prior to the appointment of Tim Kaine. As the only Latinx within the race, Casto has woven his cultural background that holds a significant value of family and togetherness into the fabric of his campaign. He petitions for universal Pre-K, Medicare for All and providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Bernie Sanders is a self-assumed democratic socialist who upon fortifying a new arm of progressivism in 2016 such as promising to make all college education free, has re-entered the race for the executive branch under the same moniker as before, speaking pointedly on populist arguments while ambient cries to “feel the Bern” echo through audiences of thousands. Though Sanders recognizes many of the same ills that permeate the present state as fellow candidates, he aims to swing more radically against these, such as eliminating private health insurance and allowing felons to vote in prison. Despite the speculation of the cost of such a wave, Bernie argues that the cost of continuing the status quo with little remedy is less in comparison to increased taxation, especially when that taxation is targeted at the elites.
Elizabeth Warren is the current senator of Massachusetts whose narrative through the American meritocracy from a small town in Oklahoma to Washington commissions her to bring about meaningful change. Though ideologically similar to Bernie Sanders, Warren takes a more placating approach that attempts to galvanize all Americans rather than a sum of progressives by way of using a holistic lens that considers all parties affected while drafting plans. Apart from others, Warren aspires to make public colleges and two-year trade free, raise taxes on corporations to unprecedented levels that are deemed adversarial for the common good, and enforcement of fine or jail time of corporations that exploit issue privacy without reasonable consent.
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur who is the founder of the grassroots company “Venture for America” that over time has developed into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Though his candidacy was improbable as he holds no former experience in government, it is Yang’s analytical deposition that values truth over intangible idealism that gives him political character. Channeling such a perspective, Yang has gained traction through his proposal of “Freedom Dividends” a distributed universal basic income to allow for an increased standard of opportunity, believes college should be paid, and that the election system should be digitized by blockchain to increase voter security.