Remember President Jerry Brown in 1993?
Remember President Hillary Clinton in 2009?
History played out differently and Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama, after the 1992 and 2008 primary and national elections were inaugurated instead.
The point raised here is not that Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders is not capable of leading the United States. They are and both would be better Presidents than the Popular Vote Loser, KKK Candidate, individual One, and Liar in Chief who currently resides during the week at the White House.
The point is that Democratic voters have many experienced (at least 21) candidates with exceptional ideas that would make good Presidents and whoever is leading in the polls now, may, especially after the primary debates, not be in the next few months.
There are two (probably three with Montana Governor Steve Bullock set to announce) two-term Governors (Jay Inslee of Washington and John Hickenlooper of Colorado) who bring executive experience, competence and progressive ideas to the table. Inslee is calling for a crusade against Climate Change. Hickenlooper has called for free community college and expansion of apprenticeship programs for students.
There are three candidates ( Corey Booker, Julian Castro, and Peter Buttigieg) who, as current or former mayors, have executive experience. Mr. Castro also served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration. He has also put forth an immigration reform plan. Mr. Booker is currently one of New Jersey’s Senators who has put forward ideas to combat child poverty and provide upward mobility through “baby bonds.”
There are many seasoned legislators that have proven they would be effective leaders that want to move the country forward with progressive values and ideas. Senator Elizabeth Warren has the edge on ideas, releasing policy initiatives on a “wealth tax,” combat corruption, universal child care, and eliminating student debt. Senator Amy Klobuchar has unveiled plans on infrastructure, revitalizing rural communities with green energy, strengthening retirement plans with mandated business contributions, and combatting poor mental health and substance abuse. Senator Kamala Harris, a former California Attorney General who adroitly interrogated Trump Defense Attorney Bill Barr on May 1, 2019, released an education plan that calls for an average $13,500 raise for all teachers. Former Representative Beto O’Rourke, who if polls this early are to be taken seriously is the one that can more easily beat Trump, has championed his own plan to fully shift this country to renewable energy. Former Representative John Delaney has composed a “Heartland Fair Deal” for our nations rural communities.
Other candidates like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Michael Bennett, Representative Tim Ryan, Representative Seth Moulton, and Representative Eric Swalwell have extensive legislative and governing experience and have demonstrated progressive values. Mr. Ryan, in particular, appears to have a message that resonates with the Midwestern part of the country that Trump inexplicably prevailed in in 2016.
There is also technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang who is being well recognized for his universal basic income ideas.
Democrats have an embarrassment of riches to choose from heading into 2020. There are many worthy candidates in addition to Vice President Biden and Senator Sanders to consider who would make good Presidents. Voters need to carefully review all the candidates’ experience and how they propose to move the country forward. This blog will endeavor to compose profiles of most of these candidates on the issues of health care, climate change, infrastructure, education, immigration, and making the country better for the 98 % (especially those at the bottom) so voters will have information on these individuals before turning out and voting in the Arizona Primary on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.