American Presidential Election Thread, 2020 Edition

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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.

Republican Nomimee

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.


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Current results by first-place finishes.
Current delegate totals:
Trump 144
Weld 1


Democratic Nominee

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.

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Results by popular vote winner.


Libertarian Candidates

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. With previous standard-bearer Gary Johnson declining to run again, and former Vice-Presidential candidate Bill Weld seeking the Republican nomination, the Libertarians have no frontrunner.

Officeholders

- Max Abramson: New Hampshire state representative (2014-2017, 2019-present): One of the only Libertarian legislators in the country. His campaign is focused on electing down-ballot Libertarians, as well as ending American wars and cutting the national debt.

- Lincoln Chafee: Senator (1999-2007) and Governor (2011-2015) of Rhode Island, officially from Wyoming for campaign purposes. Chafee is positioning himself as a moderate libertarian with an emphasis on opposition to war.


Non-Officeholders

- Adam Kokesh: Activist, from California

- Vermin Supreme: Activist and perennial candidate, from Massachusetts

- John McAfee: Businessman and computer programmer, from Tennessee


- Arvin Vorha: Former Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, from Maryland

- Dan Behrman: Activist, from Nevada.

- Souraya Faas: Member of the executive committee of the Miami-Dade Republican Party, from Florida.

- Jacob Hornberger, from Virginia.

- Jo Jorgensen, from South Carolina

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current results by first-place finishes.

Green Candidates

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.

Officeholders

- Dario Hunter: Member of the Board of Education of Youngstown (2016-present), Ohio

Non-Officeholders

- Ian Schlakman: Former co-chair of the state Green Party and candidate for Governor (2018) of Maryland

- Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry: Activist, from California

- Howie Hawkins: Green Party co-founder, from New York

- Dennis Lambert: US Army veteran, from Ohio.

- Roland Aranjo: Author, from Arizona.

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current results by first-place finishes

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 Party Candidates

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.


Constitution Party Candidates

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


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/

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.

- Connie Gammon: Historian, from Tennessee. Running mate: Phil Collins (not the musician), from Nevada


Party for Socialism and Liberation 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 New Mexico. Running mate: Leonard Peltier, American Indian Movement activist, from North Dakota


Independent Candidates

- Mark Charles: Activist, from Washington DC.
 
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Beto's my guy.
As a Texan, I urge you to reconsider :p Beto would be fine as a Vice-President, but he's inexperienced and he's pretty unimpressive when it comes to policy. He's also got ties to the fossil fuel lobby in Texas that I don't like, and I don't think he'd be as decisive on climate change as is necessary.
 
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As a Texan, I urge you to reconsider :p Beto would be fine as a Vice-President, but he's inexperienced and he's pretty unimpressive when it comes to policy. He's also got ties to the fossil fuel lobby in Texas that I don't like, and I don't think he'd be as decisive on climate change as is necessary.
So for me, the thing that really strikes out to me about Beto is that un-quantifiable x-factor: that being the fact that he inspires people. I know that Ted Cruz is uniquely unlikable, but for a Democrat (and not even an extremely moderate one) to make a run at winning a senate seat in Texas...

As for the fossil fuel lobby, I can definitely understand a concern there given the steps we need to take regarding climate change. At this point though, I think some aspects of the green new deal are going to gain enough traction in the Democratic party in the primary season that even if the ultimate nominee isn't ultra environmentalist, the party will still end up moving things in the right direction.

He may be a better fit for VP considering his youth and inexperience, but there isn't anyone in the race that inspires me to get out and actually work on a campaign except for him (I did work for a campaign in 2012 when i was still in college, and I'd definitely volunteer for Beto's run).
 
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So for me, the thing that really strikes out to me about Beto is that un-quantifiable x-factor: that being the fact that he inspires people. I know that Ted Cruz is uniquely unlikable, but for a Democrat (and not even an extremely moderate one) to make a run at winning a senate seat in Texas...
Thing is, the results in Texas in 2018 weren't so much Beto himself as much as they were his strategy: getting out and campaigning in every county very early on, and adopting a progressive platform which ran contrary to what the Texas Democratic Party usually vomits up (generally boring centrist technocrats who try and fail to appeal to conservatives). It worked - or nearly worked, I should say, because regardless of how close he got he still lost - in Texas because he was so different from other Democratic candidates Texas has seen. On a national level, though? Visiting every county even in all the early primary states isn't practical, and it's a bit late now to get in early. Compared to Gabbard, Warren, Bernie if he runs, hell, even Harris, there's a lot less going for Beto to stand out from the crowd, and he really doesn't have that much charisma - most of his speeches in the campaign were pretty dry when viewed outside of the starry eyes of a Democrat who thinks they might win Texas, and he's neither a rhetorical firebrand nor a convincing policy wonk. He's the golden boy for plenty of liberals, I know this, but as someone who lives in Texas, and who has watched his career since he entered Congress, he'd end up with at best an equivalent showing to Howard Dean. I could see him running up till Super Tuesday to scoop Texas' delegates to try and play kingmaker in a brokered convention, but I don't think he has a chance either in the primaries or the general as the headliner.

At this point though, I think some aspects of the green new deal are going to gain enough traction in the Democratic party in the primary season that even if the ultimate nominee isn't ultra environmentalist, the party will still end up moving things in the right direction.
I don't trust that that's the case. Pelosi and Schumer still hold the reins, and they're both centrists who love to rub shoulders with big donors, and saving the environment is bad for business. Regardless of individual representatives' thoughts on a Green New Deal (no Congressional proposals for which go nearly far enough in my estimation, since none of them explicitly call for the nationalization of the fossil fuel industry which at this point is the only way to neuter the insurmountable obstacle they otherwise pose to phasing out non-renewable energy), the leadership clearly feels no commitment to anything more progressive than the carbon tax the party has been pushing for over a decade which is no longer sufficient to mitigate the effects of climate change.
 
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Amy Klobuchar has announced her candidacy. Unlikely to get very far, given the reports of horrendous treatment of her staff that have been coming out.
 
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First off, I want to apologize for a 2015 comment I made in the 2016 presidential thread saying the American people would never stoop to voting for Trump. I was obviously very wrong.

On topic, I like all Democratic candidates except Tulsi Gabbard. I don't like the way she votes and she reminds me a little of Trump without the big mouth.

I hope this isn't going to be a repeat of 2016. Every candidate has their faults and people really need to get over falling in love with "cool and perfect," especially since Trump and Pence have both proven to be unbelievably terrible. I just want a sane adult back in the White House.
 
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Bill Weld has announced he is running against Trump in the Republican primaries. This is the first time an incumbent President has faced a major primary challenger since 1992.
 
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With Bernie in the primaries it's effectively him vs. Harris, with the others as essentially sideshows.
 
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Meh. I liked Bernie Sanders back in the day and voted for him in the 2016 primaries, but I'm really not too happy to see that divisiveness introduced back into the Democrat race. Trump getting elected has been a straight-up disaster from day one and I absolutely want no repeat of that at all.
 
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Meh. I liked Bernie Sanders back in the day and voted for him in the 2016 primaries, but I'm really not too happy to see that divisiveness introduced back into the Democrat race. Trump getting elected has been a straight-up disaster from day one and I absolutely want no repeat of that at all.
I'd be very curious how you would go about holding a primary race without any intraparty division. It's very curious how this criticism is never leveled against Hillary Clinaton's 2008 campaign, which was far nastier and more divisive than Bernie's ever got, and was where the Obama secret Muslim conspiracy theories first took roost.
 
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Bernie's raised about $6 million in the first day of his campaign, blowing Harris' record out of the water. It's safe to say he's the early frontrunner for the nomination.
 
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(groan) Beto and (oh god please no) Biden are expected to announce runs very shortly. Bold of Beto to forgo a very winnable Senate race against John Cornyn in order to chase the glory of crashing and burning four months into his presidential campaign.
 
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I'd be very curious how you would go about holding a primary race without any intraparty division. It's very curious how this criticism is never leveled against Hillary Clinaton's 2008 campaign, which was far nastier and more divisive than Bernie's ever got, and was where the Obama secret Muslim conspiracy theories first took roost.
And lets not forget the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was allegedly born in Kenya (which was championed by people like Donald Trump and Alex Jones of Infowars fame).

As an Australian, I feel that Donald Trump is America's answer to our own Tony Abbott, and he wasn't that popular. I just hope America gets rid of that embarrassment that is Trump. And good luck to the left-leaning candidates who I think will have a hard time from the American media.
 
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I think Trump's gonna be facing a serious uphill struggle if all the Democrat candidates keep their noses and reputations clean. He still couldn't claim that popular vote against Clinton when she was being dogged by some sort of email scandal last time, so what's the likelihood of him surviving someone with the wind at their back?
 
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