The Democrat Party now has 24 candidates seeking the presidential nomination.
That is no typo—24 men and women are seeking to be the face of the Democrat Party to take on President Trump in 2020 after former Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak announced on Sunday that he is joining the race.
Politico reports Sestak is “a retired three-star Navy admiral and former two-term congressman from Pennsylvania” who announced his ambitious run in a video released on his campaign website.
Sestak “wore the cloth of the nation for over 31 years in peace and war, from the Vietnam and Cold War eras, to Afghanistan and Iraq and the emergence of China,” he said in the video.
He continued: “Our country desperately needs a president with a depth of global experience and an understanding of all the elements of our nation’s power, from our economy and our diplomacy to the power of our ideals and our military, including its limitation.”
And, “So that, when faced with the decision on whether to use our military, our commander in chief will know how it will end before deciding if it is wise to begin.”
Sestak briefly mentioned Trump in his announcement, saying he “is not the problem.”
“He is the symptom of the problem people see in a system that is not fair and accountable to the people,” he contended.
And, via Politico:
Sestak said two of his “primary objectives” were “putting a brake on climate change and putting an end to an illiberal world order’s injustices, from China’s control of the 5G network to Russian interference in democratic elections.”
On his website, Sestak also released a number ofpolicy plans on health care, jobs and economic protections, climate change and environmental protections, and other key issues.
The 67-year-old Sestak is a latecomer in an already-crowded Democratic field — his entry brings the number of candidates to 24 — but said his decision to delay his announcement was because of the return of his daughter’s brain cancer.
The former congressman’s late start means he does not qualify for the first debates in Miami, slated for Wednesday and Thursday. The Democratic National Committee capped the event at 20 participants spread over the two nights.