Since disastrously losing the presidential election in 2016, Democrats have focused their attention to the 2018 midterm and the 2020 presidential elections. Now that the 2018 elections are all but over (except for the craziness happening in Florida), Democrats are making moves to see who will be the next person to take on President Trump.
While several top potential candidates are still gauging support and are touring the country, one, lesser-known Democrat is looking to jump ahead and already announced an official bid. His name: Richard Ojeda.
The Democrat tried and failed to win a congressional seat in West Virginia in this past election, but he is looking to ride the recognition he garnered in his state onto the national level. ABC News has more:
Fresh off his defeat last week, Ojeda made the news official Monday morning.
“In the last 19 months while running for office in southern West Virginia, we received countless phone calls, e-mails, and messages from people all across the United States of America that educated me that the problems we have in southern West Virginia are the same problems that we have in the Southside of Chicago, in Flint, Michigan, in the Bronx, New York, the Rio Grande Valley and believe it not even places like Silicon Valley,” Ojeda, who has the tattooed the names of his fellow service members who died in action on his body, said while announcing his presidential plans live on the Veterans Day holiday standing in front of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
He also introduced the “first pillar” of his platform — fighting corruption in Washington and calling for a cap on the amount of money elected officials can make in office and collect once they retire. In his announcement, Ojeda called for people elected to federal office or serving in the Cabinet to sacrifice any net worth over $1 million to a charity of their choice. Ojeda said he plans to roll out his platform over the coming weeks.
Without mentioning anyone specifically, Ojeda said some people seek cabinet positions to increase their own wealth rather than serve the American people. This is something he believes he could change with his platform, which is set to be released in the coming weeks.
Another Democrat, who is currently in Congress, said he was “emboldened” to run in 2020 after a recent visit to Iowa. Iowa the first state to hold a primary election and seen as incredibly important to generating early momentum in the election process.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Congressman Eric Swalwell said he was “very well received there. They want new energy, new ideas, and a new confidence, and that really emboldened me to make a decision soon.”
Swalwell has made several trips to Iowa, the first state to caucus over presidential hopefuls. The House Intelligence Committee member and cable news fixture also appeared in New Hampshire, the first state to hold primaries, just before the Nov. 6 elections to stump for local Democratic congressional candidates.
The 37-year-old attended River Music Experience’s “Win Congress, Change America” event last Saturday in Davenport, Iowa, to thank residents for sending their first women representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne. He also met with the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines and Iowa Democratic Party chairs in Dubuque, according to Politico.
Swalwell has been vocal over social media about being able to use the new Democrat majority in the House of Representatives to resist Trump’s agenda and to serve as a check to his authority:
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