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Well, candidates are coming out of the woodwork, so I figure it's about time to make this thread. The 2020 election is still over a year away, but the primary season will be starting in earnest in the next few months, so we may as well talk about who's up for the prize.MOD'S NOTE: READ BEFORE POSTING - This is your in-thread warning
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The Republican Party is a right-wing and majority socially conservative party, which also has large and influential right-wing populist and libertarian wings. It is the party of the incumbent President, Donald Trump, who is aligned with the right-populist wing. Trump's policies and personal manner have proven historically unpopular, and there is significant opposition to Trump within his own party, which both serve to undermine the typical advantages of incumbency Trump would otherwise enjoy.
- Donald Trump: Incumbent President, from Florida. Trump has been campaigning almost since the last election, seeking to hold his base intact amidst historic unpopularity. Trump trails in most polls, but he did in 2016 as well, and he will look to the Midwest to win him the Electoral College, as it did the first time. The core policies of his campaign are essentially his greatest hits: his still-unbuilt border wall, "better deals," and nationalism. Trump's running mate is incumbent Vice-President Mike Pence, from Indiana.
The Democratic Party is a center-left and majority social liberal party, with significant progressive, social democratic, and centrist wings, as well as a conservative wing with outsized influence.
- Joe Biden: US Senator (1973-2009) and Vice President (2009-2017), from Delaware. Biden is running as a centrist and a bipartisan unifier who can win over moderate Republicans and appeal to working class voters who swung for Trump in 2016. Biden's record on busing, crime, and debt have become issues for his campaign, as well as his history of inappropriately touching women and his own apparent deteriorating mental health. Biden's running mate is Kamala Harris, a Senator and former rival for the nomination from California.
The Libertarian Party is a center to center-right party which ideologically identifies with right-wing libertarianism, which emphasizes the importance of free-market capitalism and limited government interference.
- Jo Jorgensen, from South Carolina: A perennial nominee for offices on the Libertarian offices, Jorgenson is running on a platform of limiting government, criticizing the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her running mate is Spike Cohen from Maryland, formerly the running mate of performance artist and anarchist Vermin Supreme.
Green, Socialist, Socialist Alternative Nominee
The Green Party is a center-left to left-wing party which promotes ecosocialism, a fusion of socialism and environmentalism, and is generally supportive of environmental causes. The Green New Deal started life as a Green policy which has since gone mainstream.
- Howie Hawkins: Green Party co-founder, from New York. Hawkins has forged a "left unity coalition" for the 2020 election, bringing together a number of left-wing parties under one banner. His running mate is Angela Walker, a truck driver and Socialist Party member from Wisconsin.
Socialist Action Candidates
Socialist Action is a far-left communist party in the Trotskyist tradition. Socialist Action runs electoral campaigns not to win but to raise class consciousness and perform political education work.
- Jeff Mackler: Socialist Action national secretary and 2016 nominee for President, from California.
Bread and Roses Candidates
Bread and Roses is a somewhat unorthodox left-wing party founded in 2018. Describing itself as "socialistic" rather than socialist, Bread and Roses is best described as libertarian socialist.
- Jerome Segal: Party founder, from Maryland.
Reform, Alliance, Natural Law, American Independent Nominee
The Reform Party is a populist, protectionist, and reformist party originally formed by supporters of Ross Perot's 1996 presidential campaign. While once a viable force in American politics, it has since fallen out of favor as populism has risen in the Republican Party.
- Rocky De Le Fuente: businessman from California/Darcy Richardson: Author from Florida.
Constitution Party Nominee
The Constitution Party is a right-wing, paleoconservative Party formed to protect what it views as constitutional rights and traditional values.
- Don Blankenship: Coal executive, from West Virginia/William Mohr: State party chairman, from Michigan.
American Solidarity Nominee
The American Solidarity Party is a centrist party which identifies ideologically with Christian democracy, which entails liberal to progressive economic policies but conservative social policies.
- Brian T. Carroll: Teacher, from California/Amar Patel: Party chairman, from Illinois
Prohibition Party Nominee
The oldest third party still active in the United States, the Prohbition Party opposes the sale and consumption of alcohol, supporting a reinstatement of prohibition, expanded to include all non-medical drugs. In addition, the party supports various paleoconservative, right-wing positions.
- Phil Collins (not the musician), from Nevada/Billy Joe Parker: Soldier, from Georgia
Party for Socialism and Liberation, Peace and Freedom Party Nominee
The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a communist party organized on Marxist-Leninist lines. One of the most prominent communist organizations in the United States, the PSL advocates anti-imperialism, socialism, and self-determination to "internally colonized" peoples, such as black Americans and Native Hawaiians.
- Gloria La Riva: PSL candidate 2008 and 2016, from California/Sunil Freeman: Author, from Washington DC.
Socialist Workers Party Nominee
The Socialist Workers Party is a Marxist party which has origins in the Trotskyist movement and developed into a party organized on the ideological lines of the Communist Party of Cuba.
- Alyson Kennedy: Miner, from Texas/Malcom Jerrett: Cook, from Pennsylvania.
Unity Party Nominee
The Unity Party is a centrist party which is active primarily in Colorado.
- Bill Hammons: Party founder, from Texas/Eric Bodenstab: State party chairman, from Colorado.
Progressive Party Nominee:
The Progressive Party split off from the Green Party after Green candidate Dario Hunter alleged fraud and rigging of the Green primary in favor of Howie Hawkins.
- Dario Hunter: Former Youngstown Board of Education member, from Ohio/Dawn Neptune Adams: Activist, from Maine.
Birthday Party Nominee:
The "Birthday Party" is a loosely-organized vehicle for rapper Kanye West's quixotic Presidential campaign. On some states, West is listed as Rocky De La Fuente's running mate.
- Kanye West: Rapper, from Illinois/Michelle Tidball: Preacher, from Wyoming.
- Brock Pierce: Cryptocurrency activist, from Puerto Rico/Karla Ballard: Businesswoman, from Pennsylvania.
- Mark Charles: Activist, from Washington DC/Adrian Wallace: Activist, from Kentucky.