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Over the last two years, our country has grown to be the most divided it has been since the civil war. Corruption has infected Washington DC, and legal investigations have plagued the current administration. Donald Trump is still the only US President not to receive an approval rating over 50%, which means at no point in his presidency have more than half of the population approved of his actions as President of The United States. In the midst of this political distrust, nearly two dozen candidates are using this opportunity to run for president. This election may prove to be the most important in modern history as our nation and the world face evermore increasing issues. Some of these issues like climate change will require an entire generation to completely shift the foundations of our modern economy or face dire consequences. This may sound scary, but the chance to inﬂuence the course of the 21st century is in your hands. As citizens, you have a civic duty to become knowledgeable of the candidates so when election day come you can make an informed decision. To get started let us take a look at who is running separated by political party and in the order of their current polling numbers.
Joseph Biden, 76: Former vice president and senator from Delaware he is currently the most popular candidate running both nationally and internationally. Supports have embraced the chance to bring America back to Obama-era conditions. He has voiced support for restoring America’s image as a global leader and protecting low-income workers.
Bernie Sanders, 77: Senator from Vermont. Bernie has a long history in DC, ﬁrst winning his seat in Congress as a self-described democratic socialist in an area that was historically more conservative. Bernie is now known for his far-left political views, some of which he has championed for decades, including Medicare for all and free college tuition. He has received overwhelming support from small-time donors that helped him bring in $20.6 million dollars in 2019 Q1 alone.
Elizebeth Warren, 69: Senator from Massachusetts. She had received lots of support from east coast democrats and is one of the frontrunners in the campaign. Has championed many core democratic policies and focused on income inequality and providing support for the middle class. She has been able to raise an impressive $16.4 million in Q1 2019.
Kamala Harris, 54: Senator from California; former attorney general of California; former San Francisco district attorney. California is often regarded as the fundraising state for Democrats and Kamala has used her home state to her advantage bringing in $13.2 million reviving large donations from celebrities like Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Darren Aronofsky, Elizabeth Banks, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Jenny Lewis, J.J. Abrams, Ben Afﬂeck, and Quincy Jones.
Pete Buttigieg, 37: Mayor of a small town in Indiana, Pete is the clear underdog among the frontrunners, but has recently been thrown into the national spotlight as the ﬁrst openly gay candidate. Pete has proven to be a stark contrast to the current administration with his notable administrative and military experience, has a degree in economics, was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University after attending. Harvard, speaks several languages, and if elected would be the youngest US President. He has voiced his support for issues like climate change but has not yet developed clear policies. Thanks to a recent publicity boost he raised $7.1 million in Q1.
Beto O’Rourke, 46: Former congressman from Texas. He is considered a celebrity among Democrats and became wildly popular after almost beating Ted Cruz for Senate in Texas. He has received criticism for not having clearer policies and has since voiced more support for issues like immigration reform and marijuana legalization. Beto has used his popularity among young Democrats to bring in $9.3 million.
Amy Klobuchar, 58: A Senator from Minnesota she is most known for her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh during his conﬁrmation. She has worked on legislation regarding the current opioid crisis, drug addiction, and high-cost prescription medications. Has raised $8.8 million.
Tulsi Gabbard, 38: Congresswoman from Hawaii and Army National Guard Veteran. Early in her campaign, she received criticism for her meeting with Syria’s President, and former anti-gay statements while working for an anti-gay advocacy group. She is known to oppose US military intervention overseas.
Julian Castro, 44: Former housing secretary and mayor of San Antonio, Castro was once a rising start but is now mostly overshadowed by Beto O’Rourke. He has voiced support for a universal prekindergarten program, Medicare for all, and immigration reform. Has raised $1.1 million.
Andrew Yang, 44: Former tech executive who founded a nonproﬁt to help economic development. His campaign is centered around providing a universal basic income of $1,000 a month for all Americas. While he is largely unknown his online campaigning presence is one of the most effective out of all the candidates. Has raised $1.7 million.
Tim Ryan, 45: Congressman from Ohio. Has been in Congress since he was 29. Has received support from blue-collar voters in the Midwest that may help him gain support form people who previously voted for Trump. Supports renegotiating and enforcing Trade deals, as well as key issues for blue-collar workers like unions rights.
The Democrats listed below have consistently polled far below 1% and are listed in no particular order.
Michael Bennet, 54: A senator from Colorado who is commended for his ability to compromise. He has voiced support modernizing the economy with artiﬁcial intelligence, increasing infrastructure spending, and in 2013 he co-authored a comprehensive immigration bill.
Cory Booker, 50: Former senator and mayor of Newark, and of one the most well-spoken candidates. He is regarded as a leader in criminal justice reform. Has raised $7.9 million.
John Delaney, 56: Former Congressman from Maryland and business owner. He has been campaigning since 2017. He supports universal health care, but also try to appeal as a bipartisan problem solver. He has raised $12.1 million in Q1 but it should be noted that he has loaned himself $16.3 million since July 2017.
Kristen Gillibrand, 52: Senator from New York and former congresswomen. She previously held conservative policies and position, she has now faced on equality for women which may isolate many voters. Has raised $4.5 million.
John Hickenlooper, 67: Former governor of Colorado and former mayor of Denver. He has had a successful career in Colorado supporting issues like climate change, gay rights, and gun control. Colorado is a purple state or a state that is evenly split between Republican and Democratic support. If he can appeal to other Purple states he will have an advantage over many of his peers. Has raised $2 million.
Jay Inslee, 68: Governor of Washington and a former congressman he had shown immense support for green-energy programs in both positions.Has raised $2.2 million.
Wayne Messam, 44: Mayor of Miramar, Florida. Is known for his proposal to cancel more than $1.5 Trillion in student debt. Has raised $45,000.
Seth Moulton, 40: Congressman from Massachusetts. Mostly known for his military service and his signature policies have to do with forgiven policy, and defense.
Eric Swalwell, 38: Congressman from California. Has a growing national proﬁle, thanks to his popularity as a cable news guest.
Marianne Williamson, 66: A self-help and spirituality author who has written more than a dozen books. She has proposed a $100 billion slavery reparations package. Has raised $1.5 million.
Donald J. Trump, 72: Current President. His tenure so far has focused on undoing policies from the Obama administration especially relating to healthcare, environmental regulation, and immigration. He is currently the center of more than 18 separate legal investigations. Has raised $30.3 million, largely in traders from PACs and the Republican National Committee.
William F. Feld, 73: Former governor of Massachusetts and former federal prosecutor. He ran for Vice President on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016. He is currently the only Republican running against Trump and is targeting moderates and centered conservatives that Trump has alienated with his policies.
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