Daniel Halliday
Feb 17 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Who’s the best candidate to run against Trump in 2020?
Trump remains one of the most divisive presidents in US history, with the lowest average ‘highest approval’ rating and the smallest margin between approval and disapproval (according to the Gallup polls). This indicates a divided opinion in the United States and not very much change in favour of his presidency so far. Considering his involvement in destabilising trade wars, brutal migration policy-making and a hasty and unpopular Middle East withdrawal, it would arguably be a lot better internally and internationally for Trump to be beaten at re-election. Trumps presidency has also encouraged an interesting new wave of businessmen and entrepreneurial candidates to enter the race. With this in mind who is the best candidate to run for president at the next US election?
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Joe Biden
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Kamala Harris
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Andrew Yang
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Beto O'Rourke
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Tulsi Gabbard
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Bernie Sanders
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Elizabeth Warren
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Joe Biden

As one of the most experienced career politicians in the race for the White House in 2020, Joe Biden is the current front runner of most US opinion polls. Having first been elected as a United States Senator in 1972 Joe Biden stayed to gain the fourth longest tenure in the Senate before becoming vice president to Barrack Obama in 2009. Biden is due to announce his 2020 presidential campaign on 25th April 2019, and has previously criticised Trump, spoken in favour of Climate Change reforms, in favour of LGBT rights, and spoken out against Trump’s immigration policies. However with such a long history Biden faces memories of previous unpopular decisions such as authorising the Iraq War, and more recent scandals such as unwelcome physical contact complaints, and insulting the latest generation of voters.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationwide_opinion_polling_for_the_2020_Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/biden-set-announce-presidential-run-thursday-video-n997596 youtube.com/watch?v=C9WZWGY7nS4

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Kamala Harris

Senator Harris announced her run for president on 27th January 2019, supporting progressive policies such as national healthcare, cannabis legalisation, emigration reform and tax policy reforms. Her tax policy is a big part of her campaign, Harris has stated her intention to raise taxes on the largest corporations to fund large tax cuts for middle class Americans. Senator Harris has a strong history in politics and law, previously serving as District Attorney for San Francisco, and Attorney General for California. However Harris has also faced strong criticism as a result of this history, the fact that she didn’t prosecute some guilty banks despite evidence of misconduct prior the financial crisis, and her efforts to pursue minor crimes that effect America’s poor are often cited by those that disapprove of her campaign.

kamalaharris.org/meet-kamala theintercept.com/2017/01/05/kamala-harris-fails-to-explain-why-she-didnt-prosecute-steven-mnuchins-bank youtube.com/watch?v=DhJwmIPRmYk

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Andrew Yang

Yang represents something of a wild card in the 2020 election, as an outsider with bold policy ideas. Coming from a background as an entrepreneur Yang believes that the United States is on the brink of monumental job losses due to the growing sophistication of automation and new technologies. He predicts this will cause catastrophic levels of permanent unemployment and aims to address this with the introduction of a Universal Basic Income for all Americans of $1000 per month. Yang remains an outsider and is not a career politician, but the range of policies and amount of support behind him make his progressive position influential, even if he does prove too much of an outsider to gain enough support.

bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-03-12/andrew-yang-s-presidential-campaign-could-shape-democratic-party

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Beto O'Rourke

When Beto O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz in his 2018 run for United States Senate there were immediate calls for him to run for president in 2020, which he answered in his March 14th announcement. He remains a popular candidate in debates and has broken records with his small donation style fundraising, raising $38 million in a three month period. O’Rourke is widely recognised as a progressive or centrist, campaigning for tougher anti-monopoly laws, an end to the privatised prison industry, nationwide legalisation of cannabis, federal aid to low-income family to access the public school system, climate change reform, assisting a two state solution between Palestine and Israel, and reforming immigration and gun policy. O’Rourke remains a popular choice, but judging by his losing a US senate position to Ted Cruz, he remains an outsider choice that some have speculated may only make it as far as vice president. texastribune.org/2018/10/12/beto-orourke-raised-more-38-million-race-against-ted-cruz dailydot.com/layer8/beto-o-rourke-2020

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Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Hawaii who announced her campaign to run for president on 11th January 2019. Gabbard is an Iraq War veteran that is running as a progressive candidate and is outspoken against US involvement in Iraq, Libya and Syria, having served in Iraq personally. She supports reproductive rights, universal healthcare, drug policy reform, LGBT rights, banking reform, education reform, environment policy reform and has backed a bill to increase minimum wage in the US. Gabbard seems to have earned a harsh response in the media following her opposition to efforts to remove Bashar al-Assad’s government from power in Syria, and an anti-LGBT stance she espoused before 2005, which she later apologised for. Despite this she remains a popular candidate and could become America’s first female and first Hindu president. rt.com/shows/watching-the-hawks/450666-tulsi-gabbard-kremlin-puppet

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is the United States Senator for Vermont and a popular democratic candidate who ran for president in 2016, and has announced he is running again in 2020. Sander has been part of the America’s Socialist Party and several peace and antiwar movements since he was a student. He was heavily involved in the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, regularly protesting against, segregation, civil injustice and police brutality. A self-claimed socialist and a progressive, he vowed not to take corporate donations in 2016 and has already raised $10 million in his first week of grass-roots fund raising for the 2020 elections. Sanders is running on ideas of a universal healthcare system, boosting the welfare system to easy poverty, revising gun laws and immigration, while advancing LGBT rights, adopting a more progressive foreign policy, and tackling climate change.

nytimes.com/2019/02/25/us/politics/bernie-sanders-10-million.html?pgtype=Homepage

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Elizabeth Warren

Popular democratic senior Senator for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren announced her run for the 2020 presidency on the 8th Feburary 2019. She is a proponent of massive structural reform of government in the United States, a staunch progressive she has spoken passionately in favour of a US public health care system, a wealth tax and environmental policy. She has also spoken out against US involvement in Syria and Afghanistan, US support of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and against Trump personally on many occasions, however this has seen Trump retaliate mocking her claims of Native American heritage which may have hurt her public image somewhat.

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