Get to know the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates

The candidates will be present on the March 3 ballot


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City Times Staff

City Times compiled a list of the Democratic candidates running for the presidential nomination, with a brief description of who they are and their campaign. Due to space, some candidate endorsements were not included. 

This compilation will be present in the print edition on March 3. Since the printing of the article, candidates Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer have announced they’re dropping out of the race.

Joe Biden

Former senator from Delaware.

Former vice president under President Barack Obama. 

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama in 2017.

Platform includes:

 Create union jobs, invest in infrastructure as well as to expand and improve transportation systems.

Giving educators the “pay and dignity they deserve” and invest money to modernize education.

Reduce greenhouse emissions and speed the transition to low-carbon shipping aviation and electric cars.

Endorsements: Senator Dianne Feinstein, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the National Association of Government Employees

Campaign website:

Michael Bloomberg

Former three-term New York City mayor.

Completely self-funded and refuses to accept outside donations.

Platform includes:

  • Create an all-in economy by bringing jobs and increasing the federal minimum wage.
  • Reform the student loan system and make educational opportunities and apprenticeships more accessible. 

Endorsements: California U.S. Representatives Harley Rouda and Juan Vargas, Mayor Mary Salas of Chula Vista, and Mayor Serge Dedina of Imperial Beach.

Campaign website:

Pete Buttigieg

Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Built his campaign around generational change. 

Does not support Medicare for All, but has his own plan with a public option on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Platform includes:

  • Carbon tax and claims he would spend between $1.5 and $3 trillion on climate policies, as well as increase funding for HBCU’s and HSI’s by $25 billion.
  • Universal background checks for gun ownership and wants to ban military-style assault weapons. 
  • Proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and speed the transition to low-carbon shipping, aviation and electric cars.

Endorsements: Andrew Kim, Annie Kuster and Anthony G. Brown.

Campaign website:

Tulsi Gabbard 

Served as congress member for the 2nd District (2002-2004).

Iraq War veteran.

Youngest public official in the state’s history.

Platform includes:

  • “Keep Families Together Act”
  • Medicare for All
  • Forcing regime changes in foreign countries.
  • Free community college for all and graduate studies free for those making under $125,000 a year.
  • Ending corporate welfare.
  • Increasing taxes for the wealthy.

Endorsements: Former Senator Mike Gravel and former Congressperson Dennis Kucinich.

Campaign site:

Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota Democratic senator.

First 100 days of her presidency would include healthcare for all, and everyone 18 years and older automatically registered to vote.

Platform includes:

Putting the United States back into the International Climate Agreement.

Suspending President Donal Trump’s efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s protection.

Rebuilding the relationships with allies and restore the standing of the U.S. in the world.

Prioritize cybersecurity to protect American infrastructure from cyberattacks.

Protection for DACA, TPS and Deferred Enforcement Departure.

Endorsements: Mayor of St. Paul, Melvin Carter III


Bernie Sanders

U.S. senator.

Served 16 years as Vermont’s congress member in the House of Representatives.

Platform includes:

  • Focusing on shrinking the
gap between upper and lower classes.
  • Promises to “give workers and ownership stake in the companies they work for, break up corrupt corporate mergers and monopolies, and finally make corporations pay their fair share.”
  • Medicare for All.
  • Guaranteed tuition and debt-free public colleges and universities.
  • Working to expand DACA for the immigrants who are seeking a path to citizenship and reform immigration enforcement.
  • Safe America for All, campaign promises to dismantle cruel and inhumane deportation programs and reunite families who have dealt with separations.

Endorsements: U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico Carmen Yulín Cruz, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus and Willow Smith.

Campaign website:

Tom Steyer

Founder of NextGen America, an organization dedicated to fighting climate change. Intends to declare climate change a national emergency on day one of his presidency. 

Founded the “Need to Impeach” movement and promotes himself as a businessman who can challenge Trump. 

Has released over a decade of tax returns and is one of the wealthiest Democratic candidates.

Platform includes:

  • Pro-environment and pro-wealth tax, while proposing new left-leaning justices on the Supreme Court. 
  • Healthcare for all.

Endorsements: DNC members Gilda Cobb-Hunter and Jeff Berman

Campaign website:

Elizabeth Warren

U.S. senator from Massachusetts since 2013.

Formerly a law school professor specializing in bankruptcy law.

Platform includes:

  • Universal background checks, requiring individuals to obtain a license prior to buying a gun.
  • Banning fracking nationwide and paying farmers to adopt new climate-friendly practices along with rights for farmers and landowners.
  • Medicare for All
  • Citizenship for  DACA recipients
  • Repeal a section out of federal law that incarcerates parents and separated children for illegal border crossing.
  • No funding toward the wall.
  • Bringing the troops home and cut the defense budget. 

Endorsements: Former chair of the state’s Democratic Party Kathy Sullivan, State Senator Kevin Cavanaugh, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Massachusetts, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro

Campaign website: