By Oliva Moore
With the 2020 election approaching, I thought I should introduce you to some people to look out for.
“I believe our country wants and needs some leadership that provides a vision of the country in which everyone could see themselves.”
Kamala Harris is a 54-year-old Senator from California, former attorney general of California: former San Francisco district attorney, and woman. If she were elected, she would become the first woman and African-American woman to become president of the United States. She runs with hopes to lower middle-class taxes, and has a liberal civil-rights agenda.
“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind… where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame.”
Cory Booker is a 49-year-old Senator from New Jersey, and a former mayor of Newark. His renowned oration skills are widely compared to those of President Obama’s 2008 campaign. He feels strongly about a criminal-justice reform, and expressed his concern for more unity between the American people.
“I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future.”
Pete Buttigieg is a 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a military veteran. He gained more attention after he delivered an essay in which he explained to Democrats how they could recover after their 2016 defeat. His campaign will focus mostly on the appeal of his youth. Buttigieg has stressed his generational identity, and the importance of focusing on climate change and opportunities within the economy.
“I’m running for President because it’s time for new leadership. Because it’s time for new energy.”
Julián Castro is a 44-year-old former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio. He previously opted out of running against Ted Cruz doe the Senate during the 2018 midterm elections. Castro was once a rising political star, however, he has yet to find a role in the Trump Administration. He believes in universal Medicare for all and immigration reform.
“I think I’m the right person for the job, but not enough people knew who I was or still know who I am.”
John Delaney is a former congressman from Maryland and a former businessman. He was elected to the house in 2012 and called a “pragmatic idealist.” He has been running since 2017, and has visited various Iowa counties. He has presented himself as a bipartisan problem-solver, but has endorsed liberal causes such as Universal Healthcare.