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Guide to the 2020 Presidential Candidates: Here’s Where They Stand on Money Issues and More

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Donald Trump is facing a crowd of challengers in the 2020 presidential race. The 2020 Democratic candidates emphasize different approaches to issues like immigration, healthcare and foreign policy. Although Hillary Clinton is absent from the roster, women are well represented, including one Democratic candidate who rose to fame with an assist from Oprah Winfrey. Only three Republican candidates are seeking to unseat President Trump.

GOBankingRates explored each candidate’s platform, campaign finances, net worth and more. Take a look at where the candidates stand on key issues as they campaign for the presidency.

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

2020 Presidential Candidates at a Glance

Here’s a quick overview of the candidates, their backgrounds and the issues they’re focusing on:

2020 Presidential Candidates
Candidate Party Affiliation Title Signature Policy
Michael Bennet Democrat United States senator from Colorado Bennet’s platform focuses on building opportunities for all Americans by undoing Trump policies that he believes undermine the country’s values.
Joseph Biden Democrat Former vice president Biden would focus on improving foreign relations.
Cory Booker Democrat United States senator from New Jersey Justice, opportunity and American leadership form the core of Booker’s campaign.
Steve Bullock Democrat Governor of Montana Bullock promotes gun control and could bring a version of Montana’s Medicaid program to all Americans.
Pete Buttigieg Democrat Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Buttigieg’s platform is centered on freedom, security and democracy.
Julián Castro Democrat Former United States secretary of housing and urban development Castro wants police reform through his “People First Policing” plan.
Bill de Blasio Democrat Mayor of New York City Help for working families forms the core of de Blasio’s campaign.
John Delaney Democrat Former United States representative from Maryland Delaney’s plans include gun control measures, expanded opportunities for African Americans and immigration reform.
Tulsi Gabbard Democrat United States representative from Hawaii Gabbard seeks to fulfill basic human needs, including healthcare, and to eliminate the fear of nuclear war.
Kamala Harris Democrat United States senator from California Harris wants Medicare for All and is also pushing for fair wages, including a boost in teachers’ pay.
Amy Klobuchar Democrat United States senator from Minnesota Klobuchar’s proposals include tuition-free community college degrees, paid family leave and increasing the federal minimum wage.
Wayne Messam Democrat Mayor of Miramar, Florida Messam is touting his business experience as a key to job creation.
Beto O’Rourke Democrat Former United States representative from Texas O’Rourke would protect immigrants and spearhead criminal justice reform.
Tim Ryan Democrat United States representative from Ohio Ryan wants to revamp the American education system and also plans to tackle climate change.
Bernie Sanders Democrat United States senator from Vermont Sanders wants to institute programs like Social Security expansion, comprehensive veteran support services and healthcare for all Americans.
Joe Sestak Democrat Former United States representative from Pennsylvania, retired three-star admiral Sestak seeks to fix infrastructure, including bridges, dams and levees.
Tom Steyer Democrat Activist, philanthropist Steyer vows to fight corporate power and its influence on the government.
Elizabeth Warren Democrat United States senator from Massachusetts Warren is making it her mission to end Washington corruption.
Marianne Williamson Democrat Author, political activist Williamson’s proposals include a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges and community colleges, and portable retirement plans for American workers.
Andrew Yang Democrat Entrepreneur Yang wants to give all Americans a universal basic income and a Medicare for All program.
Mark Sanford Republican Former United States representative from South Carolina, former governor of South Carolina Sanford is running on a platform of addressing the escalating national debt.
Donald Trump Republican President of the United States Trump wants to continue the path he’s laid out during his presidency.
Joe Walsh Republican Former United States representative from Illinois Walsh would address his concerns about the amount of money being spent on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Bill Weld Republican Former governor of Massachusetts Weld seeks to offer a trustworthy alternative to Trump.

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2020 Democratic Candidates

The Democrats in the 2020 race comprise a crowded field of candidates who are vying to unseat Trump. RealClearPolitics’ snapshot of recent polling data focused on the Democratic presidential nomination shows that former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are leading the pack. Here’s a closer look at the Democratic candidates and their platforms.

Michael Bennet

As a presidential candidate, Michael Bennet is running on a platform of building opportunities 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. Bennet also says he’ll ensure that the federal government protects “Dreamers” and he’ll halt the separation of families. He could use the Medicare-X policy that he pushed as a senator to reform healthcare if he wins the presidency.

Net worth: $6,527,029 to $25,630,000
Funding sources: Individual contributions, transfers from other authorized committees
Funds raised: Over $3.5 million for the period ending June 30

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Joseph Biden

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, economic power, diplomacy, science, technology and education as the tools that support 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 for the period ending June 30

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Cory Booker

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.

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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 for the period ending June 30

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Steve Bullock

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 Trump’s presidency. He’s a moderate Democrat with some liberal leanings on issues 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: $822,033 to $2,629,998
Funding sources: Individual contributions, committee contributions
Funds raised: Over $2 million for the period ending June 30

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Pete Buttigieg

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 achieve Medicare for All. He’s promoting his “Douglass Plan” to empower African Americans and remove inequalities in the criminal justice and health systems.

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

Keep Reading: Pete Buttigieg 2020 — A Look at His Stance on the Hot Topics

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Julián Castro

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 for the period ending June 30

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Bill de Blasio

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.

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Net worth: $732,008 to $14,054,994
Funding sources: Individual contributions
Funds raised: Over $1 million for the period ending June 30

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John Delaney

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 is in favor of more stringent gun control measures, including universal background checks for gun purchases and limits on certain types of guns. Delaney also advocates for 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 for the period ending June 30

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Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign vision harks back to a fear from the Cold War days. She wants to eliminate the fear of nuclear war, and 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.

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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 for the period ending June 30

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris promotes boosting the middle class and ensuring fair wages, including an increase 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 for the period ending June 30

Read: Kamala Harris’ Tax Plan Creates a Safety Net for Middle-Income Americans — but Will It Work?

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Amy Klobuchar

Although Amy Klobuchar doesn’t support decriminalizing border crossings, she disagrees with 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 a focus on shared prosperity. Klobuchar is in favor of tuition-free one- and two-year programs at community colleges, paid family leave and a $15 federal minimum wage.

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 for the period ending June 30

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Wayne Messam

Wayne Messam wants to make the leap from being the mayor of Miramar, Florida, to becoming the 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 for the period ending June 30

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Beto O’Rourke

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 for the period ending June 30

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

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Tim Ryan

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 for the period ending June 30

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Bernie Sanders

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 for the period ending June 30

Also See: Bernie Sanders’ Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Works for Millennials, but What About Everyone Else?

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Joe Sestak

Joe Sestak views America’s infrastructure as crumbling, and he has pledged to spend $1 trillion over 10 years to fix bridges, dams, levees and other critical structures. Sestak plans to reinstate and expand the Affordable Care Act, as well as enact prescription drug reform. He wants America to rejoin the Paris agreement 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: $2,396,099 to $6,619,019
Funding sources: No campaign finance data available
Funds raised: No campaign finance data available

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Tom Steyer

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 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 Sept. 11, according to Forbes
Funding sources: Individual contributions, loans
Funds raised: Over $800,000 for the period ending June 30

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Elizabeth Warren

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 for the period ending June 30

Don’t Miss: What Is a Wealth Tax? A Look at Elizabeth Warren’s Ultra-Millionaire Tax Plan

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Marianne Williamson

Despite some early rumblings, Oprah Winfrey isn’t running for president, but she did raise Marianne Williamson’s profile. Williamson entered the public eye after a 1992 appearance on Winfrey’s talk show when her book, “A Return to Love,” was released. Her platform places an emphasis on approaching political turmoil with an internal focus to repair the rip in the country’s psychological fabric. Williamson is in favor of a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges and community colleges, and portable retirement plans for all American workers.

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

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Andrew Yang

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 beyond 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 for the period ending June 30

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2020 Republican Candidates

As Trump seeks reelection, just a few Republicans are aiming to take his place. Read on to see how they compare as alternatives to the incumbent president.

Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford is running against Trump for the Republican nomination on a platform of addressing the escalating national debt. Sanford feels that the national debt is simply a deferring of taxes that will harm future generations and warns that Americans are currently in a financial bubble. He believes that if government spending isn’t reined in, it will hit Americans in the wallet when the bubble bursts and will lead to a decline in consumer spending as savings accounts dwindle in the aftermath.

Net worth: Estimated at $7,248,015 as of 2015, according to OpenSecrets.org
Funding sources: No campaign finance data available
Funds raised: No campaign finance data available

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Donald Trump

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 for the period ending June 30

Also Check Out: The Unofficial Voter’s Guide to Trump 2020 

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Joe Walsh

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh has called Trump “unfit to be president” and is looking to give conservative voters an alternative. He feels that Trump’s spending is leading America toward a financial crisis. In an interview with The Week, Walsh expressed concern over the amount of money being spent on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. If he somehow manages to pull off a victory, Walsh would focus his efforts on addressing the spending on those three programs.

Net worth: Estimated at -$71,500 as of 2012, according to OpenSecrets.org
Funding sources: No campaign finance data available
Funds raised: No campaign finance data available

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Bill Weld

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. A press release on his campaign website noted that, as governor, Weld cut taxes 21 times and did not once raise them.

Net worth: $6,685,014 to $70,229,988
Funding sources: Individual contributions, loans
Funds raised: Over $800,000 for the period ending June 30

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Candidates Who Have Dropped Out of the Race

August 2019 was a month of casualties for the Democratic party as several candidates ended their bids in the presidential race. As time goes on, the field of candidates eager to challenge Trump will become even narrower. Keep reading to learn the details surrounding the candidates’ withdrawals.

Campaigns That Have Ended

Here’s a snapshot of the Democrats who ended their presidential campaigns in August:

Candidates Who Have Dropped Out of the 2020 Presidential Race
Candidate Party Affiliation Title
Kirsten Gillibrand Democrat United States senator from New York
John Hickenlooper Democrat Former governor of Colorado
Jay Inslee Democrat Governor of Washington
Seth Moulton Democrat United States representative from Massachusetts

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand took to Twitter to announce the end of her presidential candidacy at the end of August. She posted an explanatory video after her failed attempt to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate. Gillibrand fell short of the donor and polling thresholds needed to qualify. She made it to the first two debates but did not have many defining moments that made her stand out.

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John Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the presidential race in mid-August after struggling to meet the polling and donor thresholds to qualify for the September debate. With the end of his presidential bid, he’s shifting his attention to a possible U.S. Senate run, urged on by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Party leaders.

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Jay Inslee

Jay Inslee ended his presidential bid in late August as his prospects of snagging the Democratic nomination dimmed, but he’s still adamant that the United States must take the lead in arresting climate change. He announced his withdrawal on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” While he didn’t share definitive plans for the future, it looks likely that he’ll run for a third gubernatorial term in Washington.

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Seth Moulton

Seth Moulton stepped down from his presidential campaign in late August after failing to qualify for any of the Democratic debates. This change of direction will allow him to relaunch his Serve America PAC to support the election of Democrats, with a special focus on female candidates. He’s also setting his sights on winning reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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

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.