Donald Trump has been in the office for only one year, and people are already speculating about his successor. The challengers for the office in 2020 will be many, and we are here to discuss them. During the speech at the Golden Globes, even Oprah Winfrey put herself in the mix. She’s one of many people intrigued by presidential position. Other names include dedicated politicians. Many candidates believe that they have what it takes to replace Donald Trump. Here, you have a list of primary contenders.
2020 presidential election candidates:
9. Mike Pence
The current Vice President of the United States may not be the obvious choice for a Republican candidate in 2020, but his chances are actually quite good. In case Trump gets impeached (and the possibility grows larger every day), Pence will automatically become the President. He will then have to, for the rest of the term, persuade the rest of GOP to be their candidate. All things considered, Pence can very well find himself on the ballot in 2020. In case he changes his mind and resigns after his boss is impeached, the presidency will go to the next person on our list.
8. Paul Ryan
As Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan is second in the line of succession in case Donald Trump gets impeached. In order for Ryan to assume the office of the President of the United States, Mike Pence would have to resign. Although seemingly far-fetched, Ryan is a far more acceptable candidate for Republican Party come 2020 elections as a long-time serving member of Congress and established household name, especially compared to Pence, who is considered an outsider by many Republicans.
7. Bernie Sanders
In 2016, Sanders was one of Democrat candidates. He fell short that year, but his progressive views have many followers among people. Two years ago he lost to Hillary Clinton but continued his political work through his group Our Revolution. He’s dedicated to discussing health and education issues. His only downside is his age. In 2020 he will be 78, so if he runs for president, he will be the oldest person ever to do so.
Many of his supporters still feel that Bernie was cheated out of the nomination by the Democratic National Committee and that their support for Hillary Clinton was a mistake. Her defeat at the elections proved them right, at least when it comes to who would be a better candidate. According to Jeff Weaver, Bernie’s campaign manager in 2016, he still hasn’t decided if he will run again in 2020 but is strongly considering the option.
6. Joe Biden
Biden is former Vice President during the Barack Obama tenure in White House. As one of his greatest regrets in life, he states the decision not to run for office in 2016. He decided not to run due to death of his son Beau in 2015.
Former senator enjoys popularity and has been in the race in 1987 and 2007, losing on both occasions. Biden who was very critical of Hilary Clinton’s campaign will be 77 in two years.
Biden is viewed as one of the strongest candidates for the Democratic nomination in 2020. He has already started to position himself, but there are quite a few skeletons in his closet when it comes to his voting record in the Senate that could seriously dampen his chances. Most important is his sponsorship for the bankruptcy reform bill that made it harder for people to declare bankruptcy, something many in his party will never forgive him.
5. Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren is Senator from Massachusetts and is a fierce adversary of the current president. She will be the forerunner for Democrat candidate in 2020.
Signs that she will run for office are evident as she is already raising money for her campaign. At the moment she has $12.8 million to her name, which is much more than any other candidate. Same as Sanders she belongs to the left-wing populist.
4. Kirsten Gillibrand
A Senator from New York, Gillibrand is currently at the seat formerly occupied by Hilary Clinton. She gained broad support after advocating against gender impropriety. When the allegations of assault against Al Franken became public, Gillibrand was the first to call for his resignation. She also noted that former president Bill Clinton should have resigned when he was charged with the same.
If she gets to be the one to run against Donald Trump the campaign will be super exciting. Why? Well, Kirsten called for Trump’s resignation when he was charged with assault.
3. Kamala Harris
When she was elected as the Senator of California Kamala was only the second black woman to be elected to the body. She’s in the office for only one year but thanks to her involvement in health and immigration issues she’s being considered for president run.
If she runs for office, she will be the youngest candidate from this list. Kamala Harris also asked for Donald Trump to resign from the office after the harassment claims. She said that his resignation would be in the “best interests of the country.”
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
After an article from Washington Post claiming that The Rock could win the elections if he runs for the president went viral, the actor started to consider this option. He’s not a member of any party, and his political stance is unknown, but he stated that he would run for office out of his love for America: “I care deeply about our country, and I care deeply about our people – especially now. Decency matters and being a decent human being matters, and character matters, and leadership matters.”
Johnson works on a tight schedule, so his run in 2020 doesn’t seem likely. But, in 2024? Everything is possible.
1. Oprah Winfrey
Another non-political candidate is Oprah Winfrey. Just like the current president, she has no prior experience, but she is a philanthropist and is dedicated to all the right causes. What works against her is that she’s similarly to Donald Trump also an entertainer. Analysts believe that US public won’t be interested in another president of the same profile.
She is seriously considering launching a campaign, but this doesn’t concern the current president. During one interview at White House POTUS stated: “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well. I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s going to run.”