538’s significant digits email summarizes the current state of play in the Democratic Party’s candidates for the presidency in the 2020 election.
8 are running (so far)
Sen. Kamala Harris of California announced yesterday on “Good Morning America” that she is running for president. For those keeping a tally at home, that’s now: Eight people who are running for the Democratic nomination, two who are “all but certain” to run, four who are “likely” to run, and eight who “might” run. [The New York Times]
The NU Times piece has the longer list: Kamala Harris Has Entered the 2020 Democratic Race. Here’s Who Else Is Running.
These are the Times’ lists.
Running (8): Castro Delaney Gabbard Gillibrand Harris Ojeda Warren Yang
All But Certain (2): Booker Hickenlooper
Likely to Run (4): Biden Bullock Garcetti Sanders
Might Run (8): Bloomberg Brown Inslee Klobuchar Landrieu McAuliffe Merkley
So the number of Dem candidates announced, likely to announce, or even just may announce varies depending on where you draw the line: 8, 10, 14, or 22.
The good news is that Scriber does not see another Donald Trump in any of those lists - that is someone who will eliminate competitors by tweeting about “little” this or “crooked” that.
Just to start some conversations, how about a Biden/Harris ticket? Here’s what the times has to say about each of those.
Joseph R. Biden Jr., 76
Former vice president; former senator from Delaware
“I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
- Has run for president twice before.
- Is among the best-liked figures in the Democratic Party, known for his down-to-earth personality and his ability to connect with working-class voters.
- Regards 2020 as his last chance to run for president.
SIGNATURE ISSUES: Restoring America’s standing on the global stage; strengthening economic protections for low-income workers in industries like manufacturing and fast food.
Kamala Harris, 54
Senator from California; former attorney general of California; former San Francisco district attorney
“I believe our country wants and needs some leadership that provides a vision of the country in which everyone could see themselves.”
- Would bring a star power and history-making potential to the race that few other Democrats can match.
- One of few new Democrats to join the Senate after 2016.
- Quickly drew notice for her tough questioning of President Trump’s cabinet nominees — and later, his Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh.
SIGNATURE ISSUES: Unveiled middle-class tax cut legislation last fall, and has championed a liberal civil-rights agenda in the Senate.
You can read these kinds of summaries for each named (possible) candidate in the Times’ report.
And, FYI, the Times knows who is not going to run.
Unlikely to Run (6): Bennet Clinton de Blasio Holder Kerry Schultz
Not Running (5): Casey Murphy Patrick Steyer