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2020 presidential election: Which Democrats are running?

Two dozen Democrats have launched campaigns to run for president with less than a year to go before the first caucus in Iowa on Feb. 3, 2020.

Here's a look at the members of congress, former representatives, mayors and more who are running.

Michael Bennet

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet launched his bid for
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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet launched his bid for president on May 2.

"If we continue to go down the path we're going -- and this isn't just about President Trump, it's about the politics that existed before he got there ... we're going to be the first generation of Americans to leave less opportunity, not more, to the next generation, and I just need to do everything I can do to make sure that we don't do that," Bennet said in a "CBS This Morning" interview.

Bennet, 54, is serving his second full six-year term in the Senate. He previously ran Denver's public schools. He is the second Coloradan to enter the 2020 race after John Hickenlooper, a former governor, announced his candidacy on March 4.

In a campaign video, Bennet highlighted goals that included improving the healthcare system and investing in education and job training.

"The Democratic party doesn't stand for very much at the national level with respect to what the American people think," Bennet said. "A process like this is long overdue in the Democratic party."

Joe Biden

Former Vice President Joe Biden launched a bid
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Former Vice President Joe Biden launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on April 25.

Biden, who served as vice president under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, has had his eye on the oval office for many years. He was unsuccessful in 1988 and 2008, and he decided not to run in 2016, primarily because of the death of his oldest son in 2015. Biden has led the crowded Democratic field in a number of early opinion polls.

In a video announcing his candidacy, he criticized President Donald Trump for his response to the violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, when a 32-year-old woman was killed by a man who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

"In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime," he said. "If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen." 

Leading up to his announcement, Biden, 76,  expressed his belief that he has the best chance of beating Trump in a 2020 election. 

But he hasn't been without controversy. His habit of touching and kissing strangers at political events has been questioned, with several women saying he made them feel uncomfortable. Biden responded saying he didn't mean to make anyone feel uncomfortable and that he will be more "mindful" about personal space.

Cory Booker

On Feb. 1, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker
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On Feb. 1, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker announced he is running for president in a campaign video.

In the video, Booker, 49, speaks about his childhood and when he moved to Newark as an adult "to fight slumlords and help families stay in their homes."

"I grew up knowing that the only way we can make change is when people come together," he narrates in the video. "The history of our nation is defined by collective action, by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists, of those born here and those who chose America as home, of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it."

Booker repeated a phrase he used in his speech at the 2016 Democratic Convention, which had spurred talk of him making a future run for the White House. "Together, America, we will rise," he said.

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, a veteran and the mayor of
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Pete Buttigieg, a veteran and the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced he plans to run for president in 2020 on Jan. 23.

"I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future. Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?" Buttigieg, 37,  wrote on Twitter.

As he speaks about "walking away from the politics of the past," his campaign video flashes images of protesters with signs denouncing construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and calling for health care and action against climate change.

In the video, Buttigieg also highlights his city's transformation after he took office. "When I arrived in office at the beginning of this decade, the national press said that our city was dying," he said. "We propelled our city's comeback by taking our eyes off the rearview mirror, being honest about change and insisting on a better future."

Julian Castro

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said he will
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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said he will run for the Democratic nomination on Jan. 12. Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, would be the first Hispanic president if elected.

At his campaign announcement, Castro, 44, endorsed a Medicare-for-all health care plan and repeated support for the Black Lives Matter movement. He also criticized President Donald Trump's border policies, saying while "we must have border security ... there is a smart and humane way to do it. And there is no way in hell that caging children is keeping us safe."

Castro said he's "running for president because it's time for new leadership. Because it's time for new energy."

Bill de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was joining the crowded field of Democrats running for president on May 16.

De Blasio, 58, who has been mayor since 2014, began his announcement video focusing on income inequality. "There's plenty of money in this world, there's plenty of money in this country, it's just in the wrong hands," he says.

The mayor also targeted President Donald Trump in the video, touting New York City's efforts to resist his administration's policies. 

"I'm a New Yorker, I've known Trump's a bully for a long time," de Blasio says. "This is not news to me or anyone else here. And I know how to take him on ... Donald Trump must be stopped. I've beaten him before and I will do it again."

John Delaney

Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney was the first
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Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney was the first Democrat to enter the 2020 race, announcing his intentions to run in July 2017.

"My candidacy is about putting our future first, which involves responding to the rapid changes occurring in the world, strengthening our economy, and building a new social contract that widens the doors of opportunity, makes people more secure, and ensures no one is left behind," Delaney, 55, said in a statement.

He has said he plans to focus on only bipartisan bills during the first 100 days of his presidency if elected. He is also pushing for a universal health care system, raising the federal minimum wage and passing gun safety legislation.

Tulsi Gabbard

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii declared her intent
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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii declared her intent to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Jan. 11. The Iraq War veteran said the "issue of war and peace" would be the focus of her campaign.

Gabbard, 37, was elected to the House in 2012 after serving in the Hawaii State Legislature. She was the first Hindu and first American Samoan in Congress.

Perceived as a liberal member of the caucus, Gabbard endorsed Bernie Sanders for the presidency in 2016 after quitting a Democratic National Committee post over a disagreement on the number of debates between Sanders and candidate Hillary Clinton.

"When we stand together, united by our love for each other and for our country, there is no challenge we cannot overcome," Gabbard tweeted on Jan. 11.

Kirsten Gillibrand

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In an interview with "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert on Jan. 15, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand took her first step toward running for president.

"I'm going to run for president of the United States because as a young mom, I'm going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own," Gillibrand, 52, told Colbert, adding that she wants health care for all, better public school education and job training for the middle class.

"You are never going to accomplish any of these things if you don't take on the systems of power that make all of that impossible, which is taking on institutional racism, it's taking on the corruption and greed in Washington, taking on the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night, and I know that I have the compassion, the courage and the fearless determination to get that done," she said.

Mike Gravel

Former Alaskan Sen. Mike Gravel entered the 2020
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Former Alaskan Sen. Mike Gravel entered the 2020 presidential race in April, but said he was "not seeking to contest any primaries."

Instead, he hoped "to qualify for the debates, push the field toward sane views on American imperialism and the need for fundamental political reform, and then endorse the most progressive candidate."

Gravel, 89, didn't qualify for the first debate in June, and on July 5, he tweeted that his campaign "is nearing its conclusion." But, with help from another candidate, Marianne Williamson, who encouraged her supporters to donate to him, he is making a final effort to qualify for the debate in July.

Gravel, who also made a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, pledged to donate any leftover campaign funds to charity.

"We're making a list of charities to donate remaining campaign funds to," his campaign team wrote on Twitter. "Anyone associated to the Flint community (+ other charities) with knowledge of where the greatest need is and which organizations are best meeting it, please reach out to us here or at"

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, a third-term California senator, launched her
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Kamala Harris, a third-term California senator, launched her 2020 campaign on Jan. 22, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Let's do this, together. Let's claim our future. For ourselves, for our children, and for our country," Harris, 54, said in a campaign video.

The daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, Harris emerged as a sharp interrogator of members of President Donald Trump's administration while sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her campaign will focus on reducing the high cost of living with a middle-class tax credit, pursuing immigration and criminal justice changes and a Medicare-for-all health care system. She has said she will reject corporate political action committee money.

Some Democrats have criticized her track record as San Francisco's district attorney and California's attorney general, saying she did not support enough criminal justice reforms.

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on March
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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on March 4 his plans to join the 2020 race.

Hickenlooper, 67, cited his two terms as governor in a campaign video posted to Twitter.

"I've proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver," he said, noting the state's healthcare coverage, growing economy, methane emission regulations and gun control laws. 

Hickenlooper left his position as governor in January. Prior to being governor, he was mayor of Denver.

Jay Inslee

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he would enter
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he would enter the 2020 presidential race on March 1 and made climate change the focus of his announcement.

"I'm running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation's number one priority," he said in a video posted on Twitter.

Inslee, 68, said defeating climate change is "the most urgent challenge of our time."

"We have an opportunity to transform our economy, run on 100 percent clean energy," he said in the video. "That will bring millions of good paying jobs to every community across America and create a more just future for everyone."

Inslee has been the governor of Washington since 2013 and previously served as a member of the House of Representatives. He is the first governor to enter the race for the Democratic nomination.  

Amy Klobuchar

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her presidential bid
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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her presidential bid on Feb. 10.

"I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for president of the United States," Klobuchar, 58, said.

The moderate third-term senator vowed to take action on digital issues such as privacy, endorsed universal healthcare and said if she were elected she would rejoin the Paris climate agreement on her first day in office.

Wayne Messam

Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, a small
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Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, a small town in Florida, announced he was joining the field of Democrats running for president on March 28.

"Washington is broken," he said in a video shared on Twitter, pointing out issues like the high costs of prescription drugs, climate change and student debt. 

In the video, Messam, 44, tells the story of his parents who moved to the United States from Jamaica. "I'm passionate about the American Dream because it's not a fictitious thing for me. It's real for me," he said. 

Messam is the first African-American to become mayor in Miramar.

Seth Moulton

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, an Iraq War veteran,
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Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, an Iraq War veteran, entered the 2020 presidential race on April 22. 

"Decades of division and corruption have broken our democracy and robbed Americans of their voice," he said in a video posted on YouTube. "It's all led to an administration that's turned away from our values and is shredding our moral authority."

Moulton, 40, said a reason he ran for Congress in 2014 was because he "realized that a lot of Americans are feeling betrayed by Washington the same way that we did in Iraq," saying the Iraq War "was based on a lie." He served in the Marines from 2001 to 2008.

In the congressional race in 2014, Moulton defeated a fellow Democrat who had held the seat for 18 years.

Moulton supports stricter gun laws, saying in the video that "weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools." He also says he wants to grow the economy by promoting green jobs, tech jobs and advanced manufacturing jobs.

"And most important, we need to restore our moral authority in everything we do," he said.

Beto O’Rourke

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke joined the growing
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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke joined the growing field of Democratic presidential candidates on March 14.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us. The challenges that we face right now -- the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate have never been greater, and they will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America," he said in a video, sitting next to his wife, Amy. "This moment of peril produces, perhaps, the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone inside of it."

O'Rourke, 46, garnered national attention last year during his unsuccessful run against Sen. Ted Cruz, with several viral social media moments and record-breaking fundraising.

In the video announcing his campaign, he spoke about investing in workers, giving everyone access to health care, enacting criminal justice reform, confronting climate change and providing lawful paths for immigrants, calling immigration "the best possible problem for this country to have."

Tim Ryan

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, known as a moderate
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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, known as a moderate Democrat, announced his candidacy on April 4.

"I know how to get elected in working-class districts," Ryan, 45, said in an appearance on ABC's "The View," touting his appeal to blue-collar voters who fled to President Donald Trump in 2016.

Ryan said Trump has turned his back on those voters and failed to live up his promise to revitalize the manufacturing industry. He has pledged to create jobs in new technologies and to focus on public education and access to affordable health care.

"I understand that legacy of job loss," he said. "I understand where we need to go. The country is so divided right now that we can't get a plan together."

Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on Feb. 19
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on Feb. 19 that he will make another run for president in 2020.

"We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," Sanders, 77, said in an interview on Vermont Public Radio.

The independent senator pushed the party farther to the left when he ran against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries. Sanders, a Brooklyn native, is a proponent of Medicare-for-all, a $15 minimum wage and free college tuition. His campaign in 2016 did not take any corporate PAC donations and he has vowed to run another grassroots campaign.

Tom Steyer

Billionaire Tom Steyer, who has publicly called for
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Billionaire Tom Steyer, who has publicly called for President Donald Trump's impeachment, said on July 9 that he will seek the Democratic nomination.

Steyer, 62, made his announcement in a video blasting corporate money in U.S. politics.

"Corporations don't have hearts. Or souls. Or futures. They don't have children. They have a short time frame and they really care about just making money," he said. "If you give them the unlimited ability to participate in politics it will skew everything because they only care about profits."

Steyer said the lack of action on issues like climate change and the opioid epidemic is directly because of corporations' influence on politicians.

"Almost every single major intractable problem, at the back of it, you see a big money interest for whom stopping progress, stopping justice is really important to their bottom line," he says in the video. "All these issues go away when you take away the paid opposition from corporations who make trillions of extra dollars by controlling our political system." 

Steyer has been a force in Democratic fundraising over the past decade. NextGen America, a political nonprofit he formed in 2013, has poured millions into elections, focusing on climate change, immigration and access to affordable health care, among other issues.

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on Dec. 31,
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on Dec. 31, 2018 that she was launching an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run.

"Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love. That's what I'm fighting for," Warren wrote on Twitter.

Warren, 69, passed on running for the top office in 2016, but after President Donald Trump's victory, she was immediately considered a likely candidate for 2020.

She has advocated for an Ultra-Millionaire Tax, universal child care, free public college and "ending lobbying as we know it."

"Today corruption is poisoning our democracy. Politicians look the other way while big insurance companies deny patients life-saving coverage, while big banks rip off consumers, and while big oil companies destroy this planet," she said in a video posted to Twitter, promising to fight the corruption.

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson took the leap from New York
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Marianne Williamson took the leap from New York Times best-selling author and motivational speaker to Democratic presidential candidate on Jan. 28.

Williamson, 66, announced her candidacy in Los Angeles, highlighting a campaign that will focus on lifting up the individual with love and inspiring change on a grassroots level.

"It is time for us to rise up the way that other generations have risen up," Williamson said. "Let us make history. Let us more than make history; let us make this a more beautiful world."

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and former tech executive,
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Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and former tech executive, filed with the Federal Elections Commission for a 2020 run in November 2017.

Yang, 44, is focusing his campaign on an ambitious universal income plan. He wants to guarantee all American citizens between the ages of 18 and 64 a $1,000 check every month.

The son of immigrants from Taiwan, Yang also is pushing for Medicare-for-all and proposing a new form of capitalism that is "human-centered."


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