Guide to the 2020 Presidential Candidates

Here's a look at where the candidates stand on key issues.

Donald Trump is facing a crowd of challengers in the 2020 presidential race. The 2020 Democratic candidates emphasize their different approaches to issues like immigration, healthcare and foreign policy. While Hillary Clinton is absent from the roster, women are well represented, including one Democratic candidate with Oprah Winfrey’s personal seal of approval. The 2020 Republican candidates include one optimistic former governor who hopes to unseat President Trump.

This guide to the 2020 presidential candidates will cover the following:

2020 Presidential Candidates at a Glance

Here’s a quick look at the candidates, their background and the key issues they’re focusing on as they campaign for the presidency:

2020 Presidential Candidates
CandidateParty AffiliationTitleSignature Policy
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10324133a)Democratic presidential candidate Colorado Sen.Michael BennetDemocratUnited States senator from ColoradoBennet’s platform focuses on building opportunity for all Americans by undoing Trump policies that he believes undermine the country’s values.
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUTMandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445az)Joe BidenFirst Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.Joseph BidenDemocratFormer vice presidentBiden seeks to improve foreign relations.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Shutterstock (10322234fx) Sen.Cory BookerDemocratUnited States senator from New JerseyJustice, opportunity and American leadership form the core of Booker’s campaign.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock (10315504a) Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Steve BullockDemocratGovernor of MontanaBullock promotes gun control and could bring a version of Montana’s Medicaid program to all Americans.
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445ai) Pete Buttigieg First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.Pete ButtigiegDemocratMayor of South Bend, IndianaButtigieg’s platform is centered on freedom, security and democracy.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Shutterstock (10322234dq) Sec.Julián CastroDemocratFormer United States secretary of housing and urban developmentCastro wants police reform through his “People First Policing” plan.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445p) Bill de Blasio First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.Bill de BlasioDemocratMayor of New York CityHelp for working families forms the core of de Blasio’s campaign.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10321961ai) Democratic presidential candidate former Rep.John DelaneyDemocratFormer United States representative from MarylandDelaney’s plans include gun control measures, expanded opportunities for African Americans and immigration reform.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10321961al) Democratic presidential candidate Rep.Tulsi GabbardDemocratUnited States representative from HawaiiGabbard seeks to fulfill basic human needs, including healthcare, and to eliminate the fear of nuclear war.
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUTMandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445bi)Senator Kirsten GillibrandFirst Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.Kirsten GillibrandDemocratUnited States senator from New YorkGillibrand has broad plans to support the economy by raising wages, promoting STEM education and creating sustainable jobs.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP/Shutterstock (10323369ak)Democratic presidential candidate Sen.Kamala HarrisDemocratUnited States senator from CaliforniaHarris wants “Medicare for All” and is also pushing for fair wages, including a boost in teachers’ pay.
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445ay) John Hickenlooper First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.John HickenlooperDemocratFormer governor of ColoradoEducation reforms and a focus on America’s rural economy are two tenets of Hickenlooper’s campaign.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (10328842c) Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov.Jay InsleeDemocratGovernor of WashingtonInslee is promoting his commitment to halting and reversing climate change.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (10330179g)Democratic presidential candidate Sen.Amy KlobucharDemocratUnited States senator from MinnesotaKlobuchar wants an end to divisive politics and a switch to a focus on opportunity.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/Shutterstock (10314300v) Mayor of Miramar, Wayne Messam (D) speaking at the Poor People's Moral Action Congress Poor People's Moral Action Congress, Trinity Washington University, Washington DC, USA - 17 Jun 2019.Wayne MessamDemocratMayor of Miramar, FloridaMessam is touting his business experience as a key to job creation.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Meg Kinnard/AP/Shutterstock (10319224z) Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton addresses the South Carolina Democratic Party convention, in Columbia, S.Seth MoultonDemocratUnited States representative from MassachusettsAs a veteran, Moulton promotes the value of a stint in the armed forces for all young Americans.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP/Shutterstock (10321970ao) Democratic presidential candidate former Rep.Beto O’RourkeDemocratFormer United States representative from TexasO’Rourke seeks to protect immigrants and spearhead criminal justice reform.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (10330183b)Democratic presidential candidate Rep.Tim RyanDemocratUnited States representative from OhioRyan wants to revamp the American education system and also plans to tackle climate change.
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445dm) Senator Bernie Sanders First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.Bernie SandersDemocratUnited States senator from VermontSanders wants to institute programs like Social Security expansion, comprehensive veteran support services and healthcare for all Americans.
Joe SestakDemocratFormer United States representative from Pennsylvania, retired three-star admiralSestak seeks to fix infrastructure, including bridges, dams and levees.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock (10052758x) Billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer speaks during a news conference where he announced his decision not to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa Election 2020 Tom Steyer, Des Moines, USA - 09 Jan 2019.Tom SteyerDemocratActivist, philanthropistSteyer vows to fight corporate power and its influence on the government.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Shutterstock (10322234fw) Sen.Elizabeth WarrenDemocratUnited States senator from MassachusettsWarren is making it her mission to end Washington corruption.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10323369l) Democratic presidential candidate author Marianne Williamson, speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, in Miami Election 2020 Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.Marianne WilliamsonDemocratAuthor, political activistWilliamson is setting out to fix the political system.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10323369k) Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang, speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, in Miami Election 2020 Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.Andrew YangDemocratEntrepreneurYang wants to give all Americans a universal basic income and a Medicare for All program.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Brandon/AP/Shutterstock (10338009d) President Donald Trump smiles during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington Trump, Washington, USA - 16 Jul 2019.Donald TrumpRepublicanPresident of the United StatesTrump wants to continue the path he’s laid out during his presidency.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by CJ GUNTHER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10107920m) Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announces his intention to form an exploratory committee to purse the Republican nomination for United States President at the New England Council Politics and Eggs at the Bedford Inn, in Bedford, New Hampshire, USA 15 February 2019.Bill WeldRepublicanFormer governor of MassachusettsWeld seeks to offer a trustworthy alternative to Donald Trump.

Related: 2020 Democratic Primary Debates — Everything You Need To Know for Round 2

2020 Democratic Candidates

The Democrats in the 2020 race comprise a crowded field of candidates who are vying to unseat President Trump. RealClearPolitics’ snapshot of recent polling data focused on the Democratic presidential nomination shows that former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg are among the candidates who are leading the pack.

Michael Bennet

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10324133a) Democratic presidential candidate Colorado Sen.
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  • Title: United States senator from Colorado
  • Date of birth: Nov. 28, 1964
  • Website: michaelbennet.com

As a presidential candidate, Michael Bennet is running on a platform of building opportunity for all Americans by undoing Trump policies that he believes undermine the country’s values. He proposes to reverse the Muslim travel ban and the transgender military ban. He also says he’ll ensure that the federal government protects “Dreamers,” and he’ll halt the separation of families. He alludes to what he calls “acts of pettiness and cruelty” from President Trump. He could use the Medicare-X policy that he pushed as a senator to reform healthcare if he wins the presidency.

Net worth: Estimated at $16,433,516 as of 2015, according to OpenSecrets.org
Funding sources: Individual contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $3.5 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Joseph Biden

ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445az) Joe Biden First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: Former vice president of the United States
  • Date of birth: Nov. 20, 1942
  • Website: joebiden.com

Joe Biden wants to improve foreign relations by setting a good example. If he’s elected president, he vows to repair what he sees as damaged relationships with allies, in addition to standing up to strongmen, putting the U.S. in a position to be the moral and economic leader of the world. He sees the military as just one among many tools, with economic power, diplomacy, science, technology and education also supporting the pursuit of that position.

Net worth: $2,137,033 to $7,924,998
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions
Funds raised: Over $22 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Cory Booker
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Shutterstock (10322234fx) Sen.
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  • Title: United States senator from New Jersey
  • Date of birth: April 27, 1969
  • Website: corybooker.com

Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker focuses his campaign on three main topics: justice, opportunity and American leadership. He wants to end mass incarceration, curb violence through gun control, protect reproductive rights and guarantee equality for LGBTQ people and those with disabilities. He’s also promoting an immigration system that reflects American values. Booker champions college and workforce training, healthcare and public education for all Americans, safe and affordable housing, and economic opportunity.

Net worth: $480,006 to $1,050,000
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $12.4 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Steve Bullock
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock (10315504a) Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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  • Title: Governor of Montana
  • Date of birth: April 11, 1966
  • Website: stevebullock.com

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has thrown his hat into the ring as a presidential candidate, lamenting a loss of opportunity for Americans that he’s observed during Donald Trump’s presidency. He’s a moderate Democrat with some liberal leanings in things like gun control, where he favors a ban on assault weapons. He also expanded the Medicaid program in Montana, which could serve as a template if he’s elected.

Net worth: Unknown
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions
Funds raised: Over $2 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Pete Buttigieg
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445ai) Pete Buttigieg First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
  • Date of birth: Jan. 19, 1982
  • Website: peteforamerica.com

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is now on the campaign trail, pushing freedom, security and democracy as his platform. He wants a bipartisan approach to security, and he sees opening Medicare up to those who want it as a pathway to eventually achieving Medicare for All. He’s promoting his “Douglass Plan” as a way to empower African Americans and remove inequalities in the criminal justice and health systems.

Net worth: -$277,990 to $166,998
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $32.3 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Julián Castro
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  • Title: Former United States secretary of housing and urban development
  • Date of birth: Sept. 16, 1974
  • Website: julianforthefuture.com

Julián Castro has a strong message for people of color. Castro wants to stop the shooting of unarmed individuals, and he proposes to do this with a People First Policing plan that would hold law enforcement officers accountable and end overaggressive policing. He also seeks to heal the growing rift between law enforcement and American communities.

Net worth: $158,011 to $509,999
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions
Funds raised: Over $4.1 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Bill de Blasio
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445p) Bill de Blasio First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: Mayor of New York City
  • Date of birth: May 8, 1961
  • Website: billdeblasio.com

Bill de Blasio’s rallying cry is that he’ll fight for working families. He says he can do for America what he did for New York, where he’s been the mayor since 2014. One of his successes from his stint there is the implementation of a universal pre-K program for youngsters.

Net worth: Unknown
Funding sources: Individual contributions
Funds raised: Over $1 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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John Delaney
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10321961ai) Democratic presidential candidate former Rep.
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  • Title: Former United States representative from Maryland
  • Date of birth: April 16, 1963
  • Website: johndelaney.com

Entrepreneur John Delaney says that America is currently divided, and he’s vowed to reunite the country if elected and tackle some major issues. He advocates gun control measures, including universal background checks for gun purchases and limits on certain types of guns; expanded opportunities for African Americans; and immigration reform that includes a clear path to citizenship.

Net worth: $55,839,192 to $279,739,027
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, candidate contributions, loans
Funds raised: Over $26.3 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Tulsi Gabbard
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10321961al) Democratic presidential candidate Rep.
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  • Title: United States representative from Hawaii
  • Date of birth: April 12, 1981
  • Website: tulsi2020.com

Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign vision hearkens back to a fear from the Cold War days. She wants to eliminate the fear of nuclear war, as well as ensure that basic human needs like food, clean water and medical care are met for all Americans. With most of her competitors espousing strong support of LGBTQ rights, she’s trying to distance herself from her former anti-LGBTQ position.

Net worth: -$509,000 to $580,000
Funding sources: Individual contributions, candidate contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $6 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Kirsten Gillibrand
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445bi) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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With limitations on women’s reproductive rights making big news lately, Kirsten Gillibrand vows to protect those rights and ensure women’s access to healthcare. She also promotes women’s rights in areas like paid family leave and holding sexual offenders accountable. Gillibrand also wants to improve the economy by raising wages, promoting STEM education and creating sustainable jobs.

Net worth: $80,003 to $200,000
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $14.8 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Kamala Harris
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP/Shutterstock (10323369ak) Democratic presidential candidate Sen.
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  • Title: United States senator from California
  • Date of birth: Oct. 20, 1964
  • Website: kamalaharris.org

Kamala Harris promotes boosting the middle class and ensuring fair wages, including a boost in teachers’ pay, affordable housing and Medicare for All. She promises to take action on the climate crisis and to pass gun safety laws, including a ban on assault weapons. Harris also opposes Trump’s immigration policy. She wants to reinstate protections for “Dreamers” and their parents and expand temporary protected status for immigrants who cannot safely return to their home countries.

Net worth: $1,892,053 to $6,054,999
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $25 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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John Hickenlooper
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445ay) John Hickenlooper First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: Former governor of Colorado
  • Date of birth: Feb. 7, 1952
  • Website: hickenlooper.com

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is focusing his presidential campaign on education reforms, including more funding for public colleges and universities and a cut in the federal interest rate for student loans. He’s trying to appeal to younger Americans, too, with a plan for affordable, high-quality child care. He also wants to build up America’s rural economy.

Net worth: Unknown
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions
Funds raised: Over $3.1 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Jay Inslee
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (10328842c) Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov.
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  • Title: Governor of Washington
  • Date of birth: Feb. 9, 1951
  • Website: jayinslee.com

Jay Inslee isn’t taking a scattershot approach like many of the other candidates. He’s narrowed his focus to reversing climate change in what he sees as a short window before it’s irreversible. He sees it as the defining issue of the current generation.

Net worth: $336,029 to $1,015,000
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions
Funds raised: Over $5.3 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Amy Klobuchar

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (10330179g)Democratic presidential candidate Sen.
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  • Title: United States senator from Minnesota
  • Date of birth: May 25, 1960
  • Website: amyklobuchar.com

While Amy Klobuchar doesn’t support decriminalizing border crossings, she disagrees with President Trump’s enforcement policies and sees the current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids as a bid by the president to distract from other issues. Her overall philosophy emphasizes an end to divisive politics and a shift in focus from chaos to opportunity.

Net worth: $900,025 to $2,275,000
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $12.7 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Wayne Messam
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/Shutterstock (10314300v) Mayor of Miramar, Wayne Messam (D) speaking at the Poor People's Moral Action Congress Poor People's Moral Action Congress, Trinity Washington University, Washington DC, USA - 17 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: Mayor of Miramar, Florida
  • Date of birth: June 7, 1974
  • Website: wayneforusa.com

Wayne Messam wants to make the leap from mayor of Miramar, Florida, to president of the United States. He says his experience as a business owner will help him create jobs, and as the son of Jamaican immigrants, he supports an open immigration policy. His campaign could be undermined by ongoing funding issues that caused some staffers to quit after not being paid properly.

Net worth: Unknown
Funding sources: Individual contributions
Funds raised: Over $93,000 in period ending June 30, 2019

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Seth Moulton
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Meg Kinnard/AP/Shutterstock (10319224z) Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton addresses the South Carolina Democratic Party convention, in Columbia, S.
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  • Title: United States representative from Massachusetts
  • Date of birth: Oct. 24, 1978
  • Website: sethmoulton.com

As a veteran with four tours in Iraq under his belt, Seth Moulton wants all young Americans to serve a stint in the armed forces, and he has a plan to encourage voluntary service through a national recruiting effort. He would reward this service with money for college education. His presidential bid could be affected by his unsuccessful attempt to oust Nancy Pelosi.

Net worth: Estimated at $71,011 as of 2015, according to OpenSecrets.org
Funding sources: Individual contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $1.9 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Beto O’Rourke
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Brynn Anderson/AP/Shutterstock (10321970ao) Democratic presidential candidate former Rep.
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  • Title: Former United States representative from Texas
  • Date of birth: Sept. 26, 1972
  • Website: betoorourke.com

Beto O’Rourke faces an uphill battle after Vanity Fair quoted him as saying, “I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it.” The former Texas congressman denies he meant it with a sense of entitlement and says he’d bring the country together if he were elected president. He wants to protect immigrants and spearhead criminal justice reform, and he’s touting his comprehensive plan to stop climate change by moving toward renewable energy and away from sources that produce greenhouse gases.

Net worth: $3,422,030 to $16,356,001
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $13.6 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Tim Ryan
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David J Phillip/AP/Shutterstock (10330183b)Democratic presidential candidate Rep.
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  • Title: United States representative from Ohio
  • Date of birth: July 16, 1973
  • Website: timryanforamerica.com

Tim Ryan is focusing his campaign on revamping the American education system and reducing climate change through a switch to clean energy. He helped pass the Affordable Care Act during the Obama administration, and he promises to expand on it if he’s elected president by providing a buy-in option for Medicare.

Net worth: Estimated at $283,004 as of 2015, according to OpenSecrets.org
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions
Funds raised: Over $889,000 in period ending June 30, 2019

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Bernie Sanders
ALL NEW YORK DAILIES OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by Larry Marano/Shutterstock (10323445dm) Senator Bernie Sanders First Democratic Presidential Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: United States senator from Vermont
  • Date of birth: Sept. 8, 1941
  • Website: berniesanders.com

Perennial presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a self-identified democratic socialist. Sanders is promoting an expansion of Social Security, student loan cancellations and comprehensive veteran support services, including dental care and expanded mental health coverage. Beyond that, he wants to provide healthcare to all Americans and to implement some sweeping prescription drug reforms.

Net worth: $729,030 to $1,837,701
Funding sources: Individual contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $46.4 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Joe Sestak

Election 2020 Joe Sestak democratic candidate
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  • Title: Former United States representative from Pennsylvania, retired three-star admiral  
  • Date of birth: Dec. 12, 1951 
  • Website: joesestak.com 

Joe Sestak views America’s infrastructure as crumbling, and he wants to be president in order to fix it. He pledges to spend $1 trillion over 10 years to fix bridges, dams, levees and other critical structures. He has a personal interest in healthcare based on his daughter’s experience with brain cancer. He plans to reinstate and expand the Affordable Care Act, as well as enact prescription drug reform. He wants America to rejoin the Paris accord and proposes to give the Environmental Protection Agency full authority over substances that worsen global warming. As the son of immigrants, he proposes to monitor border security mainly with smart technology, using fencing only where needed, and to give undocumented immigrants a clear path to citizenship. 

Net worth: Estimated at $2,175,033 as of 2010, according to OpenSecrets.org
Funding sources: No campaign finance data available
Funds raised: No campaign finance data available

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Tom Steyer
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock (10052758x) Billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer speaks during a news conference where he announced his decision not to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa Election 2020 Tom Steyer, Des Moines, USA - 09 Jan 2019.
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  • Title: Activist, philanthropist
  • Date of birth: June 27, 1957
  • Website: tomsteyer.com

Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer is running for president and counting on his outsider status to help him get elected. He vows to fight the influence of corporations on government. Steyer supports impeaching President Trump, but he’ll settle for taking his place in the Oval Office to promote government reform and eliminate corruption.

Net worth: $1.6 billion as of July 26, 2019, according to Forbes
Funding sources: Individual contributions, loans
Funds raised: Over $800,000 in period ending June 30, 2019

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Elizabeth Warren
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Shutterstock (10322234fw) Sen.
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  • Title: United States senator from Massachusetts
  • Date of birth: June 22, 1949
  • Website: elizabethwarren.com

Elizabeth Warren is clear about wanting to end corruption in Washington, so she’s made that a major tenet of her presidential campaign. Her proposed reforms include making major changes to lobbying and banning congressmen and senators from stock trading while in office. She’s also a proponent of transparency, promising to force all candidates for federal office to make their tax returns public. Warren refuses to take money from major contributors, relying instead on grassroots fundraising.

Net worth: $4,880,022 to $11,075,000
Funding sources: Individual contributions, candidate contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $35.6 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Marianne Williamson
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10323369l) Democratic presidential candidate author Marianne Williamson, speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, in Miami Election 2020 Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: Author, political activist
  • Date of birth: July 8, 1952
  • Website: marianne2020.com

While Oprah Winfrey isn’t running for president despite some early rumblings, her friend Marianne Williamson is making a bid for the Oval Office. She entered the public eye after a 1992 appearance on Winfrey’s talk show when her book, “A Return to Love,” was released. Her platform has the feel-good flavor that you might expect from one of Winfrey’s gurus, with an emphasis on approaching political turmoil with an internal focus to repair the rip in the country’s psychological fabric.

Net worth: $783,031 to $2,126,006
Funding sources: Individual contributions
Funds raised: Over $3 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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Andrew Yang
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wilfredo Lee/AP/Shutterstock (10323369k) Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang, speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, in Miami Election 2020 Debate, Miami, USA - 27 Jun 2019.
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  • Title: Entrepreneur
  • Date of birth: Jan. 13, 1975
  • Website: yang2020.com

Businessman Andrew Yang is promoting what might seem like a radical idea, although several countries are currently experimenting with it: universal basic income. He proposed to give $1,000 per month to every American. He says this would boost the economy by about $2.5 trillion by 2025. With 40 million Americans living below the poverty line, he sees it as a way to support the consumer economy. He also proposes to go farther than the Affordable Care Act by implementing a Medicare for All program. He proposes ways to control costs, like paying doctors flat salaries and setting prices for medical services.

Net worth: $584,047 to $2,276,015
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, candidate contributions
Funds raised: Over $5.2 million in period ending June 30, 2019

Also See: Bernie Sanders Beats Beto O’Rourke in Campaign Fundraising With $10 Million

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    2020 Republican Candidates

    As President Trump seeks reelection, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is aiming to take his place.

    Donald Trump
    Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Brandon/AP/Shutterstock (10338009d) President Donald Trump smiles during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington Trump, Washington, USA - 16 Jul 2019.
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    • Title: President of the United States
    • Date of birth: June 14, 1946
    • Website: donaldjtrump.com

    Donald Trump hopes to continue to “Make America Great Again” for another four years. Trump is focusing his campaign on the economy’s growth during his current presidency, as well as foreign policy and immigration enforcement actions. Supporters see these as accomplishments that they’d like to see continue through 2020 and beyond, while detractors view many actions, like the recent immigration raids, as reasons to drift toward the Democratic candidates.

    Net worth: $930,070,182 to $1,697,133,057
    Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
    Funds raised: Over $124 million in period ending June 30, 2019

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    Bill Weld
    Mandatory Credit: Photo by CJ GUNTHER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10107920m) Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announces his intention to form an exploratory committee to purse the Republican nomination for United States President at the New England Council Politics and Eggs at the Bedford Inn, in Bedford, New Hampshire, USA 15 February 2019.
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    • Title: Former governor of Massachusetts
    • Date of birth: July 31, 1945
    • Website: weld2020.org

    Bill Weld has an uphill battle challenging the current president for the 2020 Republican nomination, but he’s counting on Trump’s legal troubles to boost his bid as a presidential candidate. He believes that Trump should have been indicted for obstruction of justice. Weld holds out his track record as a two-term governor of Massachusetts and a seven-year stint in the Department of Justice as reasons he should be an alternative.

    Net worth: Unknown
    Funding sources: Individual contributions, loans
    Funds raised: Over $800,000 in period ending June 30, 2019

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    Barb Nefer has a doctorate in psychology and a background in writing about economic topics.

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    Unless otherwise noted, net worth figures were sourced from the Center for Responsive Politics’ website, OpenSecrets.org. Campaign finance figures were sourced from the Federal Election Commission website and reflect funds raised through June 30, 2019.