Reviewing the Top Democratic Candidates


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Democrats are fighting ferociously for the Democratic candidacy and a chance to beat Donald Trump for the presidency.

Story by Aurora Tague, Staff Writer

   The country’s political divide is growing in the wake of Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry, and people are more anxious than ever to see where the 2020 Presidential Election goes. There is growing certainty that Trump will win the Republican nomination. However, there are still 8 Democrats left in the race. Despite this, most people have their eyes turned towards a select three: Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

   Sanders is the most well-known candidate in the running. A self-described Democratic-Socialist, his most progressive proposals have been medicare for all, tuition-free public colleges, and curtailing the influence of billionaires. He was the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic Primary, has served as the U.S. VA Senator since 2007, and has been an anti-racism activist since the 1960s.

   “Out of the three, I’d say I respect Sanders the most—I’d prefer him over Biden; Biden has a history of disrespecting minorities, and liberals sometimes tend to ignore that when it’s coming from one of their own party. I like Bernie because his ideas are specific and logical; I feel like he’d be the best one to go against Trump,” Lisa Nguyen (12) said.

   After taking first place in the Iowa Democratic Caucus, Pete Buttigieg gained attention from the media and momentum for his campaign. He was the first candidate to push the idea of adding more seats to the Supreme Court, and his primary concerns are fighting climate change, expanding economic opportunity, and stressing his generational identity. 

   “I think his concerns regarding climate change and economic opportunity make him a commendable candidate; I’m interested to see how he plans to keep his promises–I also think his idea of adding more seats to the Supreme Court is intriguing,” said Simon Bosia (9).

   Elizabeth Warren takes third place in the running, and is the most well-known of the three women left in the race. Being a senator from Massachusetts and a former Harvard Professor, her signature issue addresses are fighting income inequality and defending the middle class from large corporations and political corruption. She has released a multitude of ideas that can reshape the economy, like splintering technological companies and increasing taxes on the wealthiest individuals and corporations.    

   “I think that [Warren] is a really strong candidate for the Democratic party; she’s got a lot of great people behind her, and she’s certainly fit to be president. Her campaign appeals more to older voters, but since they’re the ones who are most likely to vote, it’s understandable. I think what frustrates the other parties most is that there’s really nothing bad to say about her—there’s no negative propaganda surrounding her at all,” said Mrs. McCredie.

  With the results of the Nevada Caucuses in (6,788 votes for Sanders, 2,073 for Buttigieg, and 1,406 for Warren), it is expected that Sanders will win the Democratic nomination. Democrat voters are looking for a candidate that shares their values and has the highest chance of beating Donald Trump in the general elections.