Meet the New Candidates Running for President in 2020

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) speaks to a group of supporters at Scholz Garten on April 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Drew Anthony Smith—Getty Images

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) speaks to a group of supporters at Scholz Garten on April 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Drew Anthony Smith—Getty Images
Drew Anthony Smith—Getty Images

Beto O’Rourke announced he was running for President in a video posted online on March 14. “This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us,” he said, shown in the video sitting beside his wife Amy, “that seeks to unite a very divided country.”

Qualifications: The 46-year-old and father of three served three terms in the House of Representatives after defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the 2012 Democratic primary. Before the upset, O’Rourke was an El Paso city councilman, member of a punk band and the founder of a small web and software company. He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

 

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper participates in a discussion as part of the Brookings Institution's Middle Class Initiative October 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper participates in a discussion as part of the Brookings Institution’s Middle Class Initiative October 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images

John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado, announced he was running for President via video announcement and a “Good Morning America” appearance on March 4. “Ultimately I’m running for President because I believe that not only can I beat Donald Trump, but that I am the person that can bring people together on the other side and actually get stuff done,” he said. “The division is keeping us from addressing big issues like climate change and the soaring costs of healthcare.”

 

Gov. Jay Inslee

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wrote President Barack Obama on Tuesday to ask for more federal assistance for his disaster struck state. Jason Redmund—Reuters

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wrote President Barack Obama on Tuesday to ask for more federal assistance for his disaster struck state. Jason Redmund—Reuters
Jason Redmund—Reuters

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee announced he was running for President via video message on March 1. He’s already established combating climate change as the theme of his campaign: “I’m Jay Inslee and I’m running for President because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority,” Inslee says in the video.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during a news conference on Nov. 18, 2015. Bill Clark—CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during a news conference on Nov. 18, 2015. Bill Clark—CQ-Roll Call,Inc.
Bill Clark—CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard broke down barriers when she became the first Samoan-American and first Hindu elected to Congress. Before her election in 2012, she served in the Hawaiian Army National Guard — first in Iraq and then Kuwait. Before that, Gabbard became the youngest woman ever elected in the state, when she won a Hawaii House seat at age 21. On Jan. 24, Gabbard officially announced her bid to become America’s first female president with a campaign video.

 

 

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