Since their defeat in 2016, the Democrat Party has been having an identity crisis. Shortly after the election defeat of Hillary Clinton, progressive socialists in the party learned that their candidate, Bernie Sanders, was cheated in the primary elections by the Clinton camp.
They were frustrated with the reports and took to the streets to protest their loss to both Democrats and Republicans. These socialist progressives then showed up big in the 2018 midterm elections and several of them won seats in Congress—finally a seat at the table.
But what does this mean for the Democrat Party? Well, it is shifting further to the Left.
Free healthcare-for-all, free college education, climate change, the repeal of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and open borders are the priorities of the new movement.
So, what does this mean for 2020? New candidates, many candidates, and an important decision for Democrats. More than 30 potential candidates are considering a run for the presidency in 2020.
…and another Democrat is weighing his options.
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said “there’s a lot to consider in terms of a range of candidates and possibilities” and “‘ll have to see what happens.”
Sen. Bob Casey isn’t actively entertaining a potential 2020 presidential run — nor is the Pennsylvania Democrat totally ruling one out.
After defeating a GOP reelection challenger by more than 12 percentage points last week in a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, Casey raised eyebrows by telling NBC News Thursday that “we’ll see” about a presidential bid.
But asked later by POLITICO, Casey clarified that he isn’t actively looking at the White House race.
“Obviously, when you have a huge, consequential year like 2020 coming up, there’s a lot to consider in terms of a range of candidates and possibilities,” Casey said. “So I want to be open to all possibilities.”
Politico reports that, should Casey decide to run, he would join fellow Democrat Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Some other people are encouraging Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Chris Murphy of Connecticut to run for their party’s nomination.
“I just think it’s early in the process, and we want to be open-minded about it,” Casey said, per the report.
Here’s the running list of Democrat prospects, ranked in no specific order:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Former Secretary of State John Kerry
- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
- California Senator Kamala Harris
- New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
- Attorney Michael Avenatti
- New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand
- Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
- Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock
- Maryland Congressman John Delaney
- Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
- Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
- Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
- Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom
- Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper
- Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Tom Steyer
- Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
- California Congressman Eric Swalwell
- Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton
- Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
- Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg
- Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu
- Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo
- Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe
- Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown
- Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey