Presidential Election by Collin Amelsberg

As 2019 nears the halfway point, we inch closer and closer to our next Presidential Election year, 2020. Although the official caucasus do not start for another ten months, many politicians have already announced their intentions to run for President. Notably, this year is already proving to have the highest number of women running for any party’s presidential bid, ever. Here are the people looking to become America’s next President:

Donald Trump. As our current President, and in his first term, President Trump already began campaigning for his second term days after his inauguration. Since the 22nd Amendment passed in 1947, restricting the maximum number of presidential terms to two, following Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fourth term election, eleven Presidents have been elected, eight of which have won re-election for their second term. Looking at these numbers, Trump has a good chance at being re-elected, despite abnormally low approval ratings for first term Presidents.

Beto O’Rourke. Previously serving Texas’ 16th district as a congressional representative, Beto O’Rourke has announced his hopes to win the Democratic nomination in 2020. Mr O’Rourke’s views are mostly liberal, supporting easier paths to citizenship for undocumented citizens; stricter, but not complete, gun restriction laws; universal healthcare; and environmental regulation like the Paris Accords. Beto O’Rourke already has a large following after almost beating Ted Cruz in Texas’ Senatorial election.

Kamala Harris. California Senator, Kamala Harris has quickly risen as a Presidential candidate from her current congressional work. She endorses the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, salary raises for teachers, legalization of marijuana, the decriminalization of sex work and the end of the death penalty. Kamala Harris was the second black woman to hold a senatorial position in Congress. Mrs. Harris aims to focus her policies around the people of America and what they need.

William “Bill” Weld. Former Governor of Massachusetts, this Republican is the only Republican candidate aside from Donald Trump who has officially announced their candidacy for the 2020 Presidential election so far. Bill Weld is socially more progressive, supporting abortion rights, action against climate change and legalization of marijuana. However, Bill Weld follows conservative economic values, such as spending and cutting taxes. Many doubt Bill Weld’s future success because of President Trump’s popularity amongst Republicans.

Pete Buttigieg. Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is one of the most recent politicians to announce his Presidential campaign. As a former Lieutenant of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Buttigieg has an unusual amount of militaristic experience, which is combined with his political experience of serving as Mayor of South Bend. Buttigieg would be the youngest President of the U.S. ever, at 37 years old currently, and he would also be the first openly gay President in the U.S. His political values include decreasing college costs, supporting the New Green Deal, creating clearer paths to citizenship and combating civil discrimination.

Elizabeth Warren. Following the release of the Mueller Report, Elizabeth Warren was the first candidate to call for the impeachment of President Trump. Elizabeth Warren is a self identified “Democratic Capitalist” known for her important work in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Elizabeth Warren supports a wealth tax on wealth higher than $500 million, Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and breaking up Tech Giants such as Google and Amazon.

Andrew Yang. This potential Democratic Presidential candidate has made headlines with his controversial proposition of a “Universal Basic Income” of $1,000 a month for every American citizen over the age of 18. Mr. Yang hopes that this basic income will stimulate the economy and, “permanently grow the economy by 12.56 to 13.10 percent—or about $2.5 trillion by 2025—and it would increase the labor force by 4.5 to 4.7 million people.” Andrew Yang also supports “Medicare For All” and promotes making America a “Human Capitalist” country.

Other Presidential candidates as of April 20, 2019 include Eric Swalwell, Tim Ryan, Wayne Meesam, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney, Marianne Williamson and Julián Castro.