Complete Catalog of Candidates
May 16, 2019
May 16, 2019
Hello everyone, It’s me again, Professor Panzone, trying to help you make sense of the huge number of Democratic candidates, “running for President” for 2020.
Why having so many candidates is such a good thing.
First, let’s examine the size of the problem. Trump through his cabinet, judicial appointments and paid-for sycophants has ruined all the good achieved in the past 200 years. Not only did he repeal all the education, poverty, environmental and financial progressive programs introduced by President Obama, his team is working hard to deconstruct all the elements that used to make America so fantastic. His objective is to turn the republic into a Fascist State. Read my October 25, 2018 pamphlet titled “You Were Warned” - http://bit.ly/2yVAmEL. Here are the most recent visible sign that we are there already. He has replaced 1000s of judges who will do his bidding. He has rigged the Supreme Court. He has put the WH press corp on probation, controlling what they report. He has reinforced ICE so they can arrest more people. Under the guise of housing illegal immigrants, he has built huge tent camps in Arizona, which will eventually be internment camps for dissidents, activists and journalists. Again, under the guise of protecting those immigrants, he has deployed at least 15,000 military personnel who will defend his Fascist regime. Again, under the guise of righteousness, he has been destroying the moral fiber of the nation through his support for FOX NEWS TV, and numerous right-wing Russian controlled media. And, if this was not enough, he openly courts support from Putin and all the well-known international dictators. And, now, Trump, who is itching to start a war, is planning to send 120,000 ground troops to attack Iran, this after sending a complete carrier fleet to the eastern Mediterranean. Everything is in place for a major war. That’s why he’s talking of extending his term of office. Next, he’ll appoint Ivanka to succeed him. To deal with a serious problem of this magnitude, I’ve borrowed the popular comic book theme of the Avengers Superheroes to illustrate my point. Instead of trying to determine which one individual would make the best President, look at the candidates as a team. What experience will be required to solve the problem. There are several Governors, senators and congressmen. There are lawyers, entrepreneurs, educators, environmentalists and veterans. Not only do they represent today’s America from coast to coast, they share the same platform. This shows the scope and quality of the team that will come in to fix the problems created by Trump’s swamp people. I believe that such a team will require a proven field leader such as Seth Moulton, a true war hero from this generation. His extensive and recent military experience will be required to lead the team, especially since Trump will have started a war with Iran by then. That’s why I named Seth my Captain America, the very first Avenger created at the start of WWII to help defeat Hitler. He can put the other excellent candidates in charge of the tasks that best suit them. If everyone is in on the idea, then, they can campaign accordingly, focusing on their speciality, deploying all over America simultaneously. What a concept! When presented properly, Trump would not stand a chance of reelection. In this pamphlet, you’ll find a page on each candidate with links that best inform you. There is a game to see how many candidates you can identify in the composite image and, at the end, there is a work sheet to help you prioritize and match your favorite campaign points with candidates. Have fun. Tom Panzone
May 16, 2019
May 16, 2019
Are you telling me that's the best America can do?... No, don't tell me that... That makes me angry.
The congressman from Massachusetts and former Marine launched his campaign for president on April 22, with a pledge to wrestle the idea of patriotism back from Republicans, cut weapons programs the US doesn’t need, stop Russian cyber-hacking and restore America’s moral authority. “The greatest generation saved our country from tyranny, it’s time for our generation to step up and do the same”. Listen to him yourself in his impressive launch video explaining that he’s running because “we have to beat Donald Trump.” http://bit.ly/Moultoncampaignlaunch Moulton, who led a failed attempt to oust Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House, has supported veterans issues and gunsafety legislation since joining Congress in 2015. Age: 40 Years in politics: 5 Who gives him money: Moulton has raised money from a diverse pool of donors in the past that included Harvard University (he’s a Harvard grad) and weaponsmaker Northrop Grumman. Unlike many of his Democratic competitors, Moulton hasn’t pledged not to take corporate PAC money ahead of the primaries. Biggest idea for the economy: Moulton is backing the Green New Deal as a genesis of new “green jobs” in America. Social media following: Twitter: 136,000, Facebook: 176,000, Instagram: 5,800 Who will like this candidate: Voters looking for a supporter of progressive issues including gun safety and climate change in a conservative-looking package. Who will hate this candidate: Pelosi fans, Democrats who have stressed that party unity is the best way to beat Trump. UNIQUE PROPOSITION: Victory Lap villages for veterans. CONTACT: @sethmoulton
Eric Swalwell As Batman
The three-term US representative for northern California launched his bid on the Steven Colbert’s Late Show on April 8. The son of a retired police officer and an administrative assistant, Swalwell touts his bluecollar roots, underscoring that he’s the first in his family to graduate from college and is still paying off his student debt. He’s made gun control his top priority, another issue that is likely to resonate with young voters. Though he beat a long time, wellestablished incumbent to get to Congress as a political neophyte, his lack of experience and low national profile might be tough to overcome in the primaries. Age: 38 Years in politics: 9
Who gives him money: He says he’s not taking any corporate PAC money as a presidential candidate. In the past he took donations from a variety of industries, including finance and real estate, health, communications, and electronics. Biggest idea for the economy: Expanding access to college by providing interestfree federal loans, allowing employers to make tax-free contributions to pay off their employees’ student debt and helping those in work-study programs graduate without owing anything. Social media following: Twitter: 59,600, Facebook: 47,649, Instagram: 10,500. Who will like this candidate: Voters who favor a bipartisan approach, including some moderate Republicans, millennials. Who will hate this candidate: Democrats looking for more diverse leadership, those wanting a candidate with a hefty resume in running government and policy.
A gay Democratic mayor in South Bend, which is a conservative, Republican stronghold, Buttigieg presented a progressive message geared towards millennials in a Jan. 23 exploratory announcement, saying we “can’t look for greatness in the past.” An Afghanistan war veteran and former consultant, he was the city’s youngest mayor. His LGBTQ, Harvard- and Oxford-educated profile may appeal to coastal elites and his Midwest roots may give him an advantage in the rest of the country. Buttigieg formally announced his candidacy April 14. Age: 37 Years in politics: 17 Who gives him money: Local businesses and CEOs supported his As Robin, the Boy Wonder mayoral campaign. He created a PAC for megadonors to support Democrats in 2017 that may fund his 2020 run.
Biggest idea for the economy: Increase public protections of jobs and benefits to help make the employment market more dynamic without the fear of personal debt tied to college loans and medical bills. Social media following: Twitter: 135,000, Facebook: 23,000, Instagram: 20,700. Who will like this candidate: Millennials, LGBTQ voters, voters from flyover states, social progressives. Who will hate this candidate: Voters looking for a more experienced candidate, conservative Christians. Tweet: @PeteButtigieg - website: https://twitter.com/PeteButtigieg
The former Harvard law professor became a household name as a US senator from Massachusetts when she spearheaded congressional oversight of the financial industry bailout. She’s promising to restore the US to a place where people can succeed if they “work hard and play by the rules” by holding billionaires and big corporations accountable. She formally entered the race Feb. 9, when she suggested Trump could be in jailby 2020. Age: 69 Years in politics: 10 Who gives her money: The education industry, women’s PACs, and the legal profession in the past; she’s pledged to take no money from billionaires or billionaire PACS in 2020. Biggest idea for the economy: A “wealth tax” of 2% on net worth over $50 million and 3% over $1 billion designed to raise $2.75 trillion over a decade. Social media following: Twitter: 4.8 million, Facebook: 3.2 million, Instagram: 1.3 million. Who will like this candidate: Detail-oriented voters who like her mix of east-coast academic know-how and Midwest roots.
Elizabeth Warren As XENA Warrior Princess
Who will hate this candidate: Voters who distrust the intellectual elite, people who doubt she has enough personal appeal and can lure centrists.
Tweet: @elizabethwarren - Website: ElizabethWarren.com
The child of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris became a prosecutor in Oakland, California, the San Francisco district attorney, and finally California’s attorney general before winning her US Senate seat in California. She stepped into the race Jan. 21 on a morning talk show. Age: 54 Years in politics: 16 years Who gives her money: In the past five years, 35% of Harris’ campaign funds have come from small donors, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of Federal Election Commission data. Her top sources of funding include attorneys, retirees, financiers, and the entertainment industry. Her biggest contributors by employer were WarnerMedia, the University of California, Google-parent Alphabet, Inc., 21st Century Fox and the law firm Venable. Her presidential campaign won’t accept donations from corporate PACs. As Monica Marvel Biggest idea for the economy: The LIFT Act, a working- and middle-class tax cut akin to the Earned Income Tax Credit that she says will provide up to $500 a month to families. To pay for it, she wants to reverse Trump’s 2017 tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy—but it’s not clear if she’ll tackle the radical structural changes that bill made in how US multinationals operate. Social media following: Twitter: 2.37 million, Facebook: 1.22 million, Instagram: 1.5 million. People who will like this candidate: Fans of Obama’s progressive pragmatism looking for a candidate who can combine a compelling personal biography with the promise to unite the party’s multi-ethnic coalition. People who will hate this candidate: Progressives who thought Obama was a sellout, particularly those who question her mixed record on reforming the justice system. Twitter: @KamalaHarris - Website: https://kamalaharris.org
A Brooklyn-born self-described democratic socialist, Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1981 by a margin of just three votes. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1990, and the US Senate in 2006, where he remains today—the longest-serving independent senator in the history of the US. He challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries in 2016 and entered the 2020 race on Feb. 19, promising “change from the bottom up.” Age: 77 Years in politics: 38 Who gives him money: Over the past five years, 75% of Sanders’ campaign funds have come from small donors in amounts of less than $200, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of FEC data. His top sources of funding include liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org, University of California employees, two postalemployee unions, and the Communication Workers of America. Just $177,000 of $12.7 million raised during that period came from PACs. Biggest idea for the economy: Sanders would like to make public colleges tuition-free, increase Social Security benefits, and make corporate America more union-friendly. Sanders has proposed paying for the tuition costs by taxing financial transactions and the Social Security expansion by subjecting all incomes above $250,000 to the 6.2% payroll tax. Social media following: Twitter 8.1 million, Facebook: 7.5 million, Instagram: 2.9 million. As Roman Senator People who will like this candidate: Loyal “Bernie Bros” who still think he would have won in 2016, new converts to the idea of universal healthcare and higher taxes for the wealthy. People who will hate this candidate: Democrats who see Sanders as a “spoiler” who siphons votes away from defeating Trump, Clinton fans still smarting over her loss, people of color alienated by Sanders’ last campaign. Twitter https://twitter.com/berniesanders Website: http://ourrevolution.com
Biden, who entered the 2020 race officially with a campaign video April 25, already leads in the polls. Obamaâ€™s vice president and right-hand man, Biden has additional decades of federal experience as a senator from Delaware and a centrist appeal that could sway moderate Republicans and independents. Now leads Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at University of Pennsylvania. Age: 76 Years in politics: 49 Who gives him money: Traditionally law firms, the insurance industry, and rich folk; Hollywood insiders recently gave $100,000 to his Democratic PAC. Biggest idea for the economy: His Biden Institute is pushing tech education and increased bargaining power for American workers as a solution to the left-behind working and middle class. Social media following: Twitter: 3.31 million, Facebook: 1.37 million, Instagram: 1.2 million. Who will like this candidate: Democrats who think a safe pair of hands is a tested white man, independents nostalgic for the Obama administration, Republicans Trump has lost.
As Roman Senator Who will hate this candidate: Progressive millennials eager for a new generation of leaders, far-right conservatives who hated Obama. Twitter: @jorbidenâ€”Website: https://joebiden.com/
The former corporate lawyer, who was the first woman to be elected a Minnesota senator, has established a reputation as a matter-of-fact centrist, tackling kitchen-table issues like drug pricing. Her unflappable questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh earned her kudos from farther-left Democrats. She held an outdoor rally in a blizzard on Feb. 10 to announce she was running, aiming to highlight her “grit” and the “friends and neighbors” who showed up to cheer. Age: 58 Years in politics: 12
Who gives her money: Traditionally law firms and the food and dairy industry. Klobuchar is pledging to get “dark money” out of politics, and said she won’t take corporate PAC money for the 2020 race.
Biggest idea for the economy: New measures to make it easier for small and mid-sized US businesses to export goods worldwide. As Avengers’ Black Widow
Social media following: Twitter: 631,000, Facebook: 319,700, Instagram: 51,900. Who will like this candidate: Folks looking for a Goldilocks candidate—neither too left nor too right, and a woman who appeals to Midwestern voters. Who will hate this candidate: Democrats to her left may be opposed to Klobuchar’s centrist appeal. Tweet: @amyklobuchar - Websire: https://amyklobuchar.com/
The former corporate lawyer and New York congressional representative became known as the “Me Too senator” after calling out Trump’s sexism and leading the push for Democratic senator Al Franken to resign after sexual-misconduct allegations. Gillibrand announced she was exploring a run Jan. 16 on Stephen Colbert’s CBS late-night show, stressing assistance for public schools, job training, and support for the middle class. She officially entered the race with a campaign video March 17. Age: 52 Years in politics: 11 Who gives her money: Law firms, Wall Street institutions.
Kirsten Gillibrand As Captain Marvel
Biggest idea for the economy: Gillibrand has been pushing the US to require that companies adopt a universal paid parental leave policy.
Social media following: Twitter: million, Facebook: 544,400, Instagram: 181,000.
Who will like this candidate: Establishment-oriented voters and party supporters closely tied to the Democratic National Committee, where Gillibrand has deep support, and still-with-Hillary folks. Who will hate this candidate: Progressive voters—Gillibrand’s work defending the tobacco industry and her anti-immigrant platform a decade ago raise questions about where her loyalties lie. Twitter: @gillibrandny - Website: https://kirstengillibrand.com
Virtually unknown outside Texas until last year, O’Rourke now has a national fan base thanks to his plucky campaign against US senator Ted Cruz. After months of speculation, the former US representative and El Paso, Texas city councilman, techcompany founder, and onetime punk rocker announced his presidential bid in a March 14 video. His upbeat message and multicultural background—he grew up on the border with Mexico—played well with Trump-fatigued voters, but he’s short on experience and policy proposals. Age: 46 Years in politics: 14
Beto O”Rourke As Texas Ranger
Who gives him money: His race against Cruz was mainly funded by individual contributors but he took PAC money in previous elections.
Biggest idea for the economy: His economic proposals during his Senate run last year were focused on reducing inequality, though they were rather vague. They included stronger anti-trust regulations to break up monopolies and encouraging companies to invest profits in their employees and communities. Social media following: Twitter: 1.26 million, Facebook: 854,000, Instagram: 832,000. Who will like this candidate: Democrats disillusioned with party leadership (especially millennials), immigrants, veterans. Who will hate this candidate: Voters hungry for nitty-gritty details on what his policies would be, Democrats who want the party to stay away from divisive, culture-war issues. Twitter: @BetoOrourke - Websites: https://twitter.com/BetoORourke
After growing up in a poor San Antonio neighborhood, Castro—and twin brother Joaquín—went on to earn Ivy League degrees and take on careers in national politics. Onetime mayor of San Antonio, Castro was US secretary of housing and urban development under Barack Obama. That experience, along with his mother’s activism with Latino groups, is a central part of the narrative he’s pitching to voters. He entered the race on Jan. 12, 2019. Age: 44 Years in politics: 18
Who gives him money: He’s pledged not to take “a dime” from political action committees. There are no public records about who contributed to his runs for mayor, because San Antonio is only required to keep campaignfinance documents for two years. The PAC he created to support new Democratic candidates in the 2018 election, Opportunity First, has vowed not to take donations from corporate PACs.
As El Diablo
Biggest idea for the economy: Though he hasn’t released many details of his platform, he’s been a strong advocate of free trade, which has benefitted his hometown. He’s defended free trade deals, arguing that instead of scrapping them, they should be reworked to strengthen protections for workers and the environment. (His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.) Social media following: Twitter: 179,000, Facebook: 102,400, Instagram: 24,400 Who will like this candidate: Democrats looking for a fresh face, Latino voters, free traders. Who will hate this candidate: Democrats dismissive of identity politics, opponents of affirmative action (which Castro supports). Twitter: @JulianCastro - Website: https://www.julianforthefuture.com
After 10 years as Senator from Colorado, Sen. Michael Bennet, has joined the team of Democrats competing in the 2020 Presidential campaign. Fresh from defeating prostate cancer, Bennet is ready to offer his passion and wisdom to restore integrity to our government. Focused on making a difference, his introductory video “7591 Words” tells us how he feels about the national challenge ahead. Listen to Michael in his own words here: http://bit.ly/Bennetcampaignlaunch. Previous roles: Managing director for the Anschutz Investment Company, As Superman chief of staff to former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
Age: 54 - Years in politics: 10 Who gives him money: Sen. Bennet supports campaign funding reform No citizen’s United and no big funders. Biggest ideas for the country: As a pragmatist, Bennet is focused on Medicare, immigration, education and tax reforms. Philosophy: we need to restore integrity to our government. Social media Who will like this candidate: Pragmatic idealists and reformers. Who will hate this candidate: Dishonest and selfish politicians. Twitter: @michaelbennet - Website: https://michaelbennet.com
The former Newark, New Jersey mayor launched his campaign with an appeal to America’s common purpose and a focus on social and racial equality on Feb. 1, 2019. A Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law graduate who gained celebrity-politician status thanks to his early use of social media. The US senator from New Jersey has been criticized for being close to wealthy elites and for mediafriendly stunts. Age: 49 Years in politics: 17 Who gives him money: Mostly large individual contributors from the legal, investment and security, and real-estate sectors. A deeppocketed Democratic donor set up a super PAC for Booker before he entered the race. Biggest idea for the economy: A “baby bond” program that would give every child a US Treasury bond at birth, with a larger amount for poorer As Sunshine Superman kids. He would also propose guaranteeing a $15 minimum-wage job in 15 test areas.
Social media following: Twitter: 4.18 million, Facebook: 1.27 million, Instagram: 635,000 Who will like this candidate: Voters looking for an optimistic message to contrast Trump’s negativity, northeastern city dwellers. Who will hate this candidate: White rural voters who don’t want to focus on race and inequality, liberals concerned about his Wall Street and Silicon Valley enthusiasts. Twitter: @CoryBooker - Website: https://corybooker.com
A geologist and businessman, John Hickenlooper served two terms as Denver mayor before being elected Colorado governor in 2010. His campaign announcement, delivered via video on March 4, highlights his personal successesâ€”he reinvented himself by starting a brewery after being laid-off. He also touts his experience of running rapidly growing Colorado, including by shepherding its economy and enforcing gun-control laws in the state. A moderate with bipartisan appeal, he pitches himself as the right person to take on Donald Trump, whose presidency he calls â€œa crisis that threatens everything we stand forâ€? in his video. Age: 67 Years in politics: 16
John Hickenlooper As Greenlantern
Who gives him money: Government workers, lawyers and lobbyists, and real-estate firms funded his gubernatorial races. He also received contributions from energy and telecom companies.
Biggest idea for the economy: Cutting red tape to reduce the cost of doing business and increase compliance with regulations. Social media following: Twitter: 130,000, Facebook: 107,000, Instagram: 6,370. Who will like this candidate: Centrists, Democrats who believe in bipartisanship, never-Trump Republicans. Who will hate this candidate: Progressive Democrats. Twitter: @Hickenlooper
The Washington state governor and veteran Congress member threw his hat in the ring on March 1, on a platform of environmental protection and stopping climate change. “This is our moment,” Inslee and a host of supporters, including Bill Nye, the “science guy” declare in his introductory video. As governor, Inslee is pushing privacy regulations for the tech industry, and new technology in the maritime industry to make it more efficient. Age: 68 Years in politics: 24
Jay Inslee As Greenlantern
which is headquartered in his state.
Who gives him money: A new super-PAC, Act Now on Climate, was formed in February to support Inslee’s run. It won’t accept corporate donations, and Inslee’s campaign says it will shun money from the fossil-fuel industry. In the past, he’s been funded by the electronics and tech industry and affiliated unions, particularly Microsoft,
Biggest idea for the economy: Stopping climate change can boost economic growth, and create millions of new jobs as the US transitions to “100% clean energy and net-zero greenhouse gas pollution,” Inslee says. He proposes removing subsidies and tax breaks for the fossil-fuel industry, and supports the Green New Deal. Social media following: Twitter 158,000, Facebook 125,000 (personal page) and 110,000 (governor page), Instagram 5,200. People who will like this candidate: Inslee’s long history of sounding the alarm on climate change will endear him to anyone worried about looming environmental disaster; his tech-focused solutions for the country’s woes are likely to appeal to that industry. People who will hate this candidate: Climate science deniers, fossil-fuel industry executives, wealthier individuals opposed to his capital gains tax proposals in Washington state. Twitter: @jayinslee - Website: https://www.jayinslee.com
Montanaâ€™s governor and former state attorney general Steve Bullock made national headlines by fighting for strong campaign finance laws. A Democratic governor in a state that Trump won by a shocking 20% margin, he is building his campaign on his ability to find common ground with conservative voters while implementing progressive policies. Age: 53 Years in politics: 11 Who gives him money: The donations for his latest gubernatorial campaign came primarily from individuals; he had several unions amongst his supporters, most of which donated exactly $10,610 each.
Steve Bullock As Montana Cowboy
Biggest idea for the economy: Reform campaign finance laws so that representatives donâ€™t have to answer to donors and can implement measures to improve the average Americanâ€™s opportunities.
Social media following: Facebook: 42,000 Instagram: 4,358. Who will like this candidate: People who want to get rid of corporate money in campaign financing, workers unions, people looking for a sensible mainstream candidate. Who will hate this candidate: People who have lost count of the number of white male Democratic candidates and are looking for a different kind of representation. Twitter: @stevebullock
He showed the nation how to run and win as a red-state Democrat and used his position with national governors groups to get involved in elections and issues around the country.
During his eight terms in Congress, Ryan, a native Ohioan, has been a vocal backer of union labor, renewable energy, and single-payer healthcare. He wants to revitalize American manufacturing, public education, and support struggling US veterans. Ryan believes he is the best chance Democrats’ have of winning back white, working-class voters who voted for Trump in 2016. “Flyover states are my states,” he said as he kicked off his campaign April 4. Age: 45 Years in politics: 15 Back story: Ryan was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002. After college, he worked for late Ohio congressman James Traficant, who left office when convicted on corruption charges. Ryan is a devotee of meditation and mindfulness, and wrote a book about it, A Mindful Nation, in 2012.
As Captain Marvel Who gives him money: About 38% of Ryan’s donations over his House career have come from labor unions; lawyers and law firms have historically been his biggest supporters. Ryan relies mostly on large single donations, as 92% of all contributions to his campaign during the 2018 cycle were amounts above $200.
Biggest idea for the economy: Ryan has talked about creating jobs in electricvehicle manufacturing and other green industries. He is pro-business and profracking, and cautions against Democrats moving too far to the left. “We can’t green the economy without the power of the free-market system,” he said. Social media following: Twitter: 70,000, Facebook: 55,000, Instagram: 7,000 Who will like this candidate: Centrists and moderate Democrats; people who prefer their politics middle-of-the-road. Who will hate this candidate: Progressive Democrats who see Ryan’s style as more capitulation than compromise. Twitter: @RepTimRyan
The New York City mayor will announce he’s entering the ring on May 15 on Good Morning America, before traveling to Iowa and South Carolina to campaign, according to multiple reports. De Blasio is steeped in local politics, having served as the city’s public advocate and on Hillary Clinton’s winning Senate campaign, but his time as mayor has been rocky. Still, he’s expected to emphasize his achievements there to progressive voters, including $15 minimum wage, universal pre-Kindergarten, and a drop in crime. Age: 58 Years in politics: 12 Who gives him money: Donors for his mayoral campaign included workers’ unions and Democratic PACs. Biggest idea for the economy: As mayor, de Blasio has presided over healthy economic expansion, but struggled to fix growing inequality. He’s expected to focus on progressive ideas to close that gap nationwide, including nationalizing his universal successful pre-Kindergarten program and increasing affordable housing. Social media following: Twitter: 150,000, Facebook: 262,000, Instagram: 56,800
Bill de Blasio
Who will like this candidate: His pre-K push, which essentially provided educational childcare for the city’s four-year-olds, was a big hit with parents. Loves New York
Who will hate this candidate: Given list of New York politicians who they’d choose for president, even New Yorkers didn’t go for de Blasio. Flip-flopping on major initiatives like the Amazon headquarters (he embraced anti-Amazon activists at the last minute) and failing to push for legalization of marijuana until this past December has turned off city residents. His progressive ideas could prove even less popular in red states. Twitter: @BilldeBlasio
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The former congressman from Maryland started two publicly listed lending companies before running for office in 2012. The first generation in his family to go to college (he stresses his electrician father’s union membership on the campaign trail), he was the very first Democrat to announce he was running back in July 2017. He’s already visited every county in Iowa, the first state in the primary contest, attempting to jumpstart his national campaign from there.
As Thanos Age: 55 Years in politics: 6
Who gives him money: Funded by banks, housing, and construction companies in his congressional race. Independently wealthy, funding himself now. Biggest idea for the economy: Build a public and private international coalition against China’s intellectual property theft, and compete against China in Asia with a TPP-style trade deal. Social media following: Twitter: 14,400, Facebook: 357,000, Instagram: 2,100. Who will like this candidate: Centrists drawn by his nuts-and-bolts pitch to improve workers’ rights, education, and infrastructure. Twitter: @JohnDelaney
The first Hindu member of Congress, the Hawaii representative controversially met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and sided with Russian president Vladimir Putin against Obama on US intervention in Syria. Strongly opposed to regime-change wars after her experience fighting in the Iraq war as part of the National Guard, she speaks about fighting “radical Islam.” A onetime Hawaii state representative, she supported Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Democratic primary campaign. On Feb. 2 she entered the race she calls a “fight for the soul” of America. Age: 37 Years in politics: 17
Tulsi Gabbard As International Soldier
Who gives her money: Health professionals, real-estate interest groups. Most donors are individuals, though her second-largest contribution ($36,400) between 2011 and 2018 came from the National Automobile Dealers Association’s PAC.
Biggest idea for the economy: Cut taxes on small businesses and farmers, raise them on corporations; lower military spending by ending regime-change wars and reducing the acquisition of nuclear weapons. Social media following: Twitter: 279,000, Facebook: 300,600, Instagram: 74,300 Who will like this candidate: Veterans, some progressives, voters looking to reduce military spending. Who will hate this candidate: People who are concerned about Islamophobia, supporters of global trade.
A former tech entrepreneur who started a non-profit to promote start-ups, Yang entered the race Nov. 6, 2018 on essentially a single issue: protecting Americans from job-stealing robots. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, he sells himself as the opposite of Trumpâ€”an ego -free Asian man who likes math. Age: 44 Years in politics: Less than one Who gives him money: Individual contributors, some who donate in bitcoin. Heâ€™s also using some of his own money.
Biggest idea for the economy: A $1,000 monthly check sent to every American over 18, so they can pay their bills as robots take over jobs.
As Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu Social media following: Twitter: 62,400, Facebook: 26,300, Instagram: 32,400.
Who will like this candidate: Silicon Valley types, promoters of universal basic income (UBI). Who will hate this candidate: Anyone against higher taxes: Yang wants to fund his UBI proposal through value-added taxes. Twitter: AndrewYang
The mayor of Miramar, Florida and a construction company owner, Wayne Messam launched an exploratory committee on March 12, and said March 28 he was running on a platform of curbing gun violence, fighting climate changes, and “restoring the promise of America. “I do not believe that the best ideas come from Washington,” he said in his campaign website. The son of Jamaican immigrant, a former NFL football player, and the first AfricanAmerican mayor of Miramar, Messam says in his campaign intro “the ‘American Dream’ is real for me…we need to bring that back for every American.” Miramar, with a population of 150,000, could provide lessons for the rest of the country, Messam believes, including attracting high-paying jobs and fighting climate change denialism.
Wayne Messam As Blade, Vampire Slayer
Age: 44 Years in politics: 8
Who gives him money: Messam is expected to rely heavily on small donors, and kicked off his campaign asking for $3 contributions. His latest mayoral campaign took in just over $80,000, half of which was from contributors who gave from $20 to $1,000. He personally contributed the remaining half through a loan. Biggest idea for the economy: Messam proposes cancelling the US’s $1.5 trillion in student debt, calling it a “moral issue,” and a hurdle that prevents economic mobility in the country. He would also rescind Trump’s tax cut on corporations and the wealthy. Social media following: Twitter: 3,576 Facebook: 3,500 Instagram: 3,600 Who will like this candidate: Floridians, anyone looking for more heft for the party’s support of gun control and climate science; those who think small town solutions can apply countrywide. Who will hate this candidate: Skeptics who think a president should have experience as a Congress member or governor first; the “Democrats are going too far to the left” crowd. Twitter: @WayneMessam
PRIORITIES Medicare for all Gun Control Environment Immigration Education Drug addiction Cyber security-Hacking RU Border security Livable wageâ€”$15 min Trade Economy Student debt Free tuition Taxation reform Day care Guaranteed income Campaign dark money Patriotism Nix obsolete weapons progs Restore moral authority
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Tom Panzone borrows the Avengers comic book theme to help us get acquainted with the 20+ candidates campaigning to lead the Democratic party...
Published on May 17, 2019
Tom Panzone borrows the Avengers comic book theme to help us get acquainted with the 20+ candidates campaigning to lead the Democratic party...