Updated: Nine democrats are officially running for president in 2020

Patrick Ervine, Staff Writer

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This story was updated on Feb. 19 at 10:17 a.m.

Nine candidates have officially declared that they are running in the 2020 United States Presidential Election. Several of them are running for the Democratic Party but have many different goals and views.

One candidate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, released a Facebook Live video announcing her candidacy. Warren wants to reduce income inequality and defend the middle class from corporations and corruption. Viewers of the video mocked her because of her attempts to appear relatable to the American public. Like the other eight candidates who announced their runs, she will not accept money from political action committees (PACs).

“I don’t think we ought to be running campaigns that are funded by billionaires, whether it goes through super PACs or their own money that they’re spending,” Warren said. “Democrats are the party of the people.”

California Sen. Kamala Harris revealed her run for the presidency in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, and her campaign later posted a video officially announcing it. Harris’ main focus is on “the people,” and not the specific issues.

“Nobody is living their life through the lens of one issue,” Harris said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I think what people want is, they want leadership that sees them through the complexity of each of our lives and pays equal attention to their needs.”

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand first announced that she would file an exploratory committee on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Gillibrand wants people to be treated equally in Congress, and wants to give a tax cut to the middle class.

“But you are never going to accomplish any of these things if you don’t take on the systems of power that make all of that impossible — which is taking on institutional racism, it’s taking on the corruption and greed in Washington, taking on the special interests that write legislation in the dead of night,” Gillibrand told Colbert on The Late Show. “And I know that I have the compassion, the courage and fearless determination to get that done.”

Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro kicked off his campaign in San Antonio, his hometown, with a campaign rally. Castro champions universal healthcare, affordable housing, and immigration reform.

“I’m running for president because it’s time for new leadership, because it’s time for new energy and it’s time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities that I’ve had are available to every American,” Castro said at his rally.

Rep. John Delaney, who announced his run all the way back in July 2017, wants to focus on bipartisan issues, although he endorses liberal policies like universal healthcare and a carbon tax.

“One of the things I’ve pledged is in my first hundred days, only to do bipartisan proposals,” Delaney said. “Wouldn’t it be amazing if a president looked at the American people at the inauguration and said, ‘I represent every one of you, whether you voted for me or not, and this is how I’m going to prove it.’”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced her run on  Jan. 11, promptly being smeared by the Republican National Committee after her announcement. Gabbard opposes U.S. military intervention overseas.

“There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision [to run],” Gabbard said in an interview with CNN. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve.”

Sen. Cory Booker announced his run via video on Friday, Feb. 1, later following up with interviews and a conference. He distinguished himself from other running Democrats by his entry into politics being different, and by his work to lessen incarceration rates. Booker is focusing on uniting the nation across political lines.

“We used to be a people who could look at the sky, point at the moon and change it from a dream to a destiny,” Booker said. “There’s no Democratic or Republican way to get there. You definitely don’t get there by fighting each other, tearing each other down or dividing people against each other.”

American entrepreneur Andrew Yang announced his presidency with a goal: to give Americans a universal basic income of $1,000 a month, in order to protect humans if robots took over jobs. He also champions a value-added tax of 10 percent on goods and services.

“It is impossible to overstate the positive impact of $1k a month on households around the country,” Yang said in March 2018. “It would take people from a constant mindset of scarcity to a mindset of assured survival and possibility. It would transform our society in myriad positive ways by taking the boot off of people’s throats.”

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced his run in an email to his supporters and an online video. He is the first openly homosexual candidate to run for president. Buttigieg champions his generational identity, and wants to work on climate and economic change.

“There’s a new generation of voices emerging in our country, walking away from the politics of the past and ready to deliver on our priorities. There is no ‘again’ in the real world; that’s not a bad thing,” Buttigieg said in his announcement video. “We are ready for a fresh start.”

US President Donald Trump is the only Republican confirmed to run in 2020 as of now.

UPDATE: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his run for 2020 president the morning of Feb. 19. He said he will take on “the powerful special interests that dominate our economic and political life.”