Democratic Candidates for President, 2020

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I’m starting a list, I’ll check it twice. Or more. The is the list in rough form. Please suggest who should be removed (for reasons of death or clear declaration that they are not running, not because you don’t like them, not just because you don’t like them) and who should be added?

After your comments and more research by me, I’ll clean up and refine the list. Meanwhile, I’m doing an initial informal bracket poll on Twitter. Go ave a look.

Oprah Winfrey
Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Senator Sherrod Brown
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Sen. Chris Murphy
Michael Bloomberg
Eric Holder
Terry McAuliffe
Val Demmings
Sheryl Sandberg
Maggie Hassan
Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep John Delaney
Tulsi Gabbard
Martin O’Malley
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Gov. Steve Bullock
Tammy Baldwin
Mayor Mark de Blasio
Cory Booker
Hillary Clinton
Sen Jeff Merkley
Gov John Hickenlooper
Joe Biden
Tammy Duckworth
Claire McCaskill
Rep Tim Ryan
Gov Jay Inslee
Sen Chris Murphy
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Corey Booker
Kamala Harris
Elizabeth Warren
Bernie Sanders
Beto O’Rourke


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19 thoughts on “Democratic Candidates for President, 2020

  1. My twitter poll is demonstrating a very interesting principle of how electoral politics can work.

    Each poll has three candidates. Only a few people are voting, but there are some clear differences opening up.

    Meanwhile, other people are saying “no way” to specific candidates, but I think they are not voting. For example, there is a person who says, “no way” to O’Malley. But in that triad, O’Malley is winning with all the votes (five or so). The person who says “no” has not voted for any of the others. In this set of five polls so far, O’Malley is the only one with 100% of the votes in his bracket.

  2. Interesting. No way to Winfrey. A lot of the others I only know by name. I’ve seen Sherrod Brown in a couple of interviews, and damn if he didn’t impress the hell out of me.

    I have hopes that maybe someday Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be in the running; that is, provided she’s allowed to season and doesn’t get messed up by DC. Personable, poised, polished, knowledgeable and sharp beyond her years, she makes some of the old pros look like raggedy-ass dogs. I still can’t figure how she came out of nowhere like that, but maybe that’s what it takes nowadays.

    Over all though, I need way more info.

    1. “I have hopes that maybe someday Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be in the running; that is, provided she’s allowed to season and doesn’t get messed up by DC”

      Well, she’ll have to season first since she’s not 45 years old yet (not to be confused with “not being 45” as in Donald Trump 🙂 )

  3. Since I’ve heard some pundits say that you can’t really predict this far out, if you put enough names on your list, you’ll end up with the eventual nominee. Not sure how useful a list of thousands will be, though 😉

    But seriously, I would resist putting celebrities on the list unless the celebrity has actually spoken personally about running for president and/or has started some kind of PAC or exploratory committee or whatever. I’d take Oprah and Sheryl Sandberg off as I can’t recall either of them seriously discussing a run in 2020. Other people have wished for it, but I don’t think that actually makes you a candidate.

    I wish there was a similar test for politicians, but it’s their day job. If an office is open, they’re running for it.

    1. Good points but, most of the polls on this list have not put their name in either. Also, I didn’t put anyone on this list. This list is compiled from existing current lists from mainstream media.

      The purpose of this project is two fold, and in the next iteration of this post I’ll lay that out.

  4. No Hillary, please. She was the wrong choice last time and would be even worse this time. Whatever qualifications she might have, she is too polarizing.

    1. I did say that, didn’t I? I wasn’t thinking when I did that bernie bots would be telling me no hillary and hillary bots would be telling me no bernie.

      I was looking for serious suggestions, based for example on someone having declared they weren’t running, or something along those lines. The list is long enough there is a distinct possibility that I put someone who really seriously is not a candidate on there. Sorry for the confusion!

  5. I’m not removing anyone on a recommendation. This is democracy! It is up to you to vote against or for the candidates!!

    1. Do whatever you want, it’s your blog. But you suggested it. “I’m starting a list, I’ll check it twice. Or more. The is the list in rough form. Please suggest who should be removed ”

  6. I wish the democrats luck, with so many candidates.

    It didn’t work out so well for the Republicans in 2016 – having 17 candidates.

    No one thought Trump could win, and one after another the better candidates dropped out – leaving Trump as the last person standing.

    Of course I voted for Gary Johnson, as I couldn’t stomach voting for either Clinton or Trump.

    If only the democrats and republicans hadn’t waste their votes, and had all voted for Johnson! (grin).

  7. “Of course I voted for Gary Johnson,”

    In an earlier post you said you went from voting for Obama (which nobody believed) to voting for Trump.

  8. Why not simply let President Pelosi continue in her job since 2019, after Pence and Trump are indicted and impeached? ;>D

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