Magazine Opinions Volume 69, Issue 4

2020 Candidates and Their Promises

by Nolan Runkle

November third, also known as voting day, is when all available and registered people vote at their local voting booths for who they believe should be America’s next President. So for any upcoming voters here at Las Lomas, here are the presidential candidates for the 2020 election in November.

Joseph R. Biden Jr., 77

Former vice president; former senator from Delaware

Former Vice President Joe Biden promises to focus on restoring America’s standing on the global stage and strengthening economic protections for low-income workers in industries like manufacturing and fast food.

Elizabeth Warren, 70

Senator from Massachusetts; former Harvard professor

Warren plans to address income inequality and what she sees as a middle class under attack from big corporations and political corruption.

Bernie Sanders, 78

Senator from Vermont; former congressman

“Medicare for all,” Sanders promises free college tuition and curtailing the influence of “the billionaires.”

Amy Klobuchar, 59

Senator from Minnesota; former Hennepin County, Minn., attorney

Klobuchar has championed legislation to combat the opioid crisis and drug addiction, and plans to address the cost of prescription drugs.

Pete Buttigieg, 37

Mayor of South Bend, Ind.; military veteran

Buttigieg has stressed his generational identity and focused on and has made his platform about issues like climate change and economic opportunity.

Michael R. Bloomberg, 77

Billionaire media executive; former mayor of New York City

Michael Bloomberg has been an outspoken voice on gun control and climate change, but his views on taxes would put him on the conservative end of the Democratic field.

Tulsi Gabbard, 38

Congresswoman from Hawaii; Army National Guard veteran

Gabbard has an opposition to American military intervention overseas, including in countries like Syria.

Andrew Yang, 44

Former tech executive who founded an economic development nonprofit

Yang focuses on establishing a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for all Americans.

Tom Steyer, 62

Billionaire former hedge fund executive; climate change and impeachment activist

Fighting climate change and promoting renewable energy is Steyers plan.

William F. Weld, 74

Former governor of Massachusetts; former federal prosecutor

Weld favors fiscal restraint, free trade and moderate immigration reform; has endorsed steps to legalize marijuana.

Donald J. Trump, 73

U.S. president; real estate developer; reality television star

Trump plans to continue his previous agenda of restricting immigration and building a wall at the Mexican border; renegotiating or canceling international deals on trade, arms control and climate change; withdrawing American troops from overseas.

Joe Walsh, 58

Conservative radio show host; former congressman from Illinois

Walsh based his platform on reducing the national debt; restraining executive power; securing the border; defeating Mr. Trump, who he says “can’t be trusted.”