No one has officially announced but the campaign has already heated up.
Actually that isn’t true. But don’t tell the media that. Someone has already announced and he has a great platform proposal:
The 2020 presidential election has its first announced candidate, and he supports nonpartisan primary reform in all states: US Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.).
Delaney officially announced he is running for the Democratic nomination in three years, explaining in an interview that he sees “no downside in getting in early” and spending the time to build his name ID.
Delaney is best known in the election reform community for his support of nonpartisan open primaries and independent redistricting commissions.
We already have polls, of course. Bernie Sanders won’t like this one:
Registered voters who say they have a “strong liberal” ideology prefer former Vice President Joe Biden to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a hypothetical 2020 matchup against President Trump, according to a new poll.
The Hill-HarrisX daily poll, conducted Dec. 16-17, found that 83 percent of self-identified progressive prefer Biden, compared to 75 percent who picked Sanders. Rep. Beto O’Rourke(D-Texas) was the top choice for 66 percent of liberal respondents.
Among all voters, Biden defeated Trump 42 percent to 36 percent, outside the poll’s 3.1 percent sampling margin of error. Sanders edged the president 38 percent to 37 percent, and O’Rourke lost 30 percent to 37 percent. Biden also fared best among voters who said they lean liberal or are moderate.
There is lot’s of talk Beto O’Rourke. Apparently Democratic Party insiders are pushing his candidacy as a way of getting younger voters. Which would work to undermine Bernie. He is also about the same age as Barack Obama when he decided to run in 2008. And if Democrats want to win in 2020–as their thinking goes–they’ll need someone who is Republican-lite. In other words, a ‘moderate’:
Following Beto O’Rourke’s spirited run for the U.S. Senate, powerful voices in the Democratic Party establishment have touted the outgoing Texas congressman as a 2020 presidential candidate who, as the party’s standard-bearer, would offer a vision of America contrasting against that of Republicans. However, a Capital & Main review of congressional votes shows that even as O’Rourke has represented one of the most Democratic congressional districts in the entire country, he has in many instances undermined his own party’s efforts to halt the GOP agenda, frequently voting against the majority of House Democrats in support of Republican bills and Trump administration positions.
Democrats apparently want someone new to run for President:
Whoever does decide to run will have to announce soon. Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton announced their 2016 campaigns in April of 2015. Donald Trump announced in June of 2015.