WHO WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020?

Though the New Hampshire presidential primary is more than two years away, the list of potential 2020 presidential candidates continues to grow. Our analysts are watching who's visiting the Granite State, hiring political consultants, and forming PACs. Here's a summary of possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates hoping for a shot at challenging President Donald Trump:

Senators and Representatives

Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)

Booker, a first-term Senator, is widely regarded as a rising star in the Democratic Party. Last summer he gained even more attention by sponsoring a bill to decriminalize marijuana nationwide.

“We in America, we forget the power that we have to make change. We didn't get civil rights legislation because Strom Thurmond sat there and said, 'OK, yeah, I'm going to do that, I'm going to give equal rights to folks.' No, it was Americans demanding it, fighting for it, getting up every single day.”
- Late Night with Seth Meyers

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Brown is known as a champion of blue-collar workers and was a finalist to be Hillary Clinton’s running-mate in 2016. Politicos think he could win over voters in the middle of America who supported Trump. Brown thinks he may have helped Clinton win if he was picked as running-mate. He told the Washington Post:

”I mean, if I had gone to Wisconsin and Michigan a lot, anything would have changed those two states. My wife thinks we would have won. She thinks we would have won Ohio.”
- Washington Post

Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland)

Back in July Delaney became the first elected official to declare he is running for president. The third-term Congressman and wealthy businessman is hoping an early declaration will help him with name recognition. In a Washington Post editorial he wrote:

“The American people are far greater than the sum of our political parties. It is time for us to rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the seemingly impossible. This is why I am running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.”
- Washington Post

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona)

Sen. Jeff Flake is a frequent critic of President Trump, and announced in October 2017 that he will not seek re-election. Now he has scheduled trips to New Hampshire, fueling speculation that he is gearing up for a Republican challenge to Trump.

"We must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal.”
- Floor speech in October 2017

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York)

Gillibrand occupies Hillary Clinton's former Senate seat, and she campaigned for Hillary in 2016. However, she also gained a lot of attention this November for saying Bill Clinton should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky investigation, so not everyone in the Democratic Party is a Gillibrand fan right now. When asked if she was thinking about 2020, she said:

"I’m entirely focused on 2018. Some of the worst ideas Trump has can be better blocked if we have a majority in the House or Senate or both.”
- Vogue

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California)

California is considering moving up its presidential primary, which would give first-term Senator Harris an early bump in the race. She’s been meeting with big Democratic donors and campaigning for colleagues in battleground states. At a recent rally for undocumented immigrants Harris said:

“This is about a fight for the future of this country, believing in the values upon which this country was founded.”
- OC Register

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)

In 2016 the Democrats lost most of the Midwest to Trump – is a Senator from Minnesota the answer to winning it back? Klobuchar has fueled presidential speculation by visiting Iowa and talking about winning over rural voters.

“We make sure it isn’t just famous people who are heard. We protect the shift worker at the factory, the teacher at the school, the nurse at the hospital, all women deserve to be safe wherever they work and wherever they are.”
- Time

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)

First elected in 2008, Merkley is known as one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate.  He was also the only U.S. Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders for president.  At a town hall in January Merkley answered a question about a run for president in 2020:

“I haven’t ruled out the possibility.”
- The Banks Post

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)

Ryan gained a national spotlight after he challenged Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Although he lost that contest, he’s used the attention to book speaking gigs around the country – including New Hampshire.

“Shaping the national debate is on my radar, and using the bullhorn that I have and that got bigger after I ran against leader Pelosi. The country needs a voice from a place like Youngstown, and our party needs to figure out how to get working-class voters back.”
- WMUR

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)

President Trump has already suggested he may face off against Warren in 2020. Although the first-term Senator fiercely battled Trump on Twitter during the 2016 election, Warren says she is now focused on working progressive issues in the U.S. Senate, not running for president.

“We can’t be a party and we can’t be a nation that says, ‘Horse race to horse race, let’s just see what happens every four years and let’s get all excited about speculating who’s going to be in the race in four years.’”
- Boston.com

 

Governors, Mayors, and other Elected Officials

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D)

Castro gained national attention after his 2012 speech at the Democratic National Convention. He was also on Hillary Clinton’s shortlist for vice president. He has said he will make a decision about a presidential campaign by the end of 2018.

“Whoever becomes the Democratic nominee has to stand for the future. They have to stand for everything that Trump is not.”
-Twitter

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D)

Garcetti visited New Hampshire in August 2017 to campaign for Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig. Many believe Garcetti wanted the chance to introduce himself to New Hampshire voters. No mayor has ever won a presidential race, but Garcetti doesn’t think that is a problem.

“I think it’s important to show people who happen to be Democrats, but people who, run things like, for me, the biggest port in America, the biggest airport, the utility that’s the largest in the country – people want folks that are very practical-minded.”
- WMUR

Jason Kander (D)

Kander lost the 2016 race for U.S. Senate in Missouri, but analysts believe he performed very well on the ballot. He’s traveled to New Hampshire and many other states this year for Let America Vote, a nonprofit focused on voting rights. Asked if he will run in 2020, Kander answered:

“I’m just really focused on making sure we still hold elections. And then maybe one day I’ll be in one.”
-Washington Post

 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D)

Insiders report that former Obama administration officials are urging Patrick to run in 2020. Right now Patrick is managing Bain Capital’s social impact fund (yes, the same Bain Capital co-founded by Mitt Romney).

“I’m trying to think about how to be helpful, because I care about the country and I’m a patriot first. And it’s way, way too soon to be making plans for 2020.”
-Boston.com

 

Former Candidates

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D)

Biden declined to run in 2016, due in part to the death of his son in 2015. He’s made no secret that he thinks he could have beat Clinton and Trump.

“I regret it every day, but it was the right decision for my family and for me, and I plan on staying deeply involved.”
- NPR

 

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio)

Kasich came in second in the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary, and there were rumors he would challenge Trump at the Republican National Convention.  Many believe that the Republican moderate will mount an independent challenge to Trump in 2020.

“You know, I will tell you this: The other day, with all the chaos going on, my wife said to me one morning, she said, ‘You know, John, I wish you were president.’ That’s how I knew the country was in trouble.”
- NBC Meet the Press

 

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)

O’Malley is another failed 2016 candidate considering a rerun. O’Malley has visited the Granite State several times in 2017.

“When I’m asked whether I’ll run again, I say ‘I just might. I very well might.’”.
- Concord Monitor

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont)

Even though Sanders lost the presidential primary in 2016, he has stayed in the spotlight fighting against Trump’s policies and proposing universal health insurance. Sanders says it’s too early to decide about 2020, but he’s not ruling out another run.

“Our job right now is to not only fight against this disastrous health care proposal. It is to take on all of Trump’s reactionary proposals. He is a representative of the billionaire class. He's at war against the working class.”
- USA Today

 

CEOs

Howard Schultz (D)

Schultz resigned as CEO of Starbucks last year, sparking a flurry of speculation he was preparing to run for president. Schultz says he’s not running, but he’s also a vocal critic of Trump.

“The worst thing that we all, whether we be businesspeople or private citizens — we should not be embracing indifference right now. We have to be engaged, we’ve got to speak out, we’ve got to be involved, we gotta stand up for the things that we know are true. And I think the country, in many ways, is in need of a moral, a cultural and an economic transformation.”
- Washington Post

Tom Steyer (D)

Steyer is a former hedge-fund manager and major donor for Democratic candidates. He recently called on all Democrats to support the impeachment of Donald Trump. When asked if he was considering a run, Steyer said:

“I will do whatever I think is the most impactful thing that I can do to push what I believe in terms of values and vision.”
- The Atlantic

 

Mark Zuckerberg (D)

Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook. Rumors about a possible presidential run started when Zuckerberg hired a chief strategist from Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Zuckerberg has hired several other political heavyweights to help with a national “listening tour.” However, Zuckerberg denies any political plans. In May 2017 he wrote (on Facebook):

“Some of you have asked if this challenge means I'm running for public office. I'm not.”
-Facebook

 

Celebrities

Mark Cuban (R)

The businessman and “Shark Tank” TV personality says he is “actively considering” a run for President. He has criticized Donald Trump for everything from his management style to his decision not to disclose his tax returns.

“Based off what's happening in the White House, based off what's happening in the country and the world, we need better leadership. And I think I could do a better job.”
- CNBC

 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (I)

After rumors about Johnson's interest in running for president, a group of citizens formed a PAC named "Run the Rock 2020."  While the PAC has no relationship with the actor, Johnson says a campaign isn't out of the question.

“I think ‘the people’s president’ has a really nice ring to it. I’ll just say that.”
- Newsweek

 

Oprah Winfrey (D)

The media mogul fueled speculation last September when she re-tweeted an article titled, “Democrats’ best hope for 2020: Oprah.” However, Oprah denies she is seriously considering a run. In October she said:

“There will be no running for office of any kind for me.”
- CNN

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