We have barely gotten through the 2016 election, and people are already coming forward announcing that they plan on running in the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump.
There have been many rumors of people that may run and people who have said they are considering it. However, as of last week, someone officially announced that they plan to run against Trump in the 2020 election.
An Announcement Via Twitter
It should come as no surprise that there are many more people in the political arena that are utilizing Twitter than ever before. In fact, the president himself takes to Twitter on a daily basis to push his agenda. Apparently, this will be the new norm for presidents.
Maryland Democratic Representative John Delaney made it short and sweet with a tweet last Friday that read, “I’m running for President.” He had originally played with the idea of running for governor against current Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. However, Hogan is still the popular choice in the race.
Delaney currently represents the sixth district in Maryland which consists of the Washington suburbs. He is a former bank executive, was elected to Congress in 2012. However, he is barely a household name.
All of that will change leading up to the next election, however, if he sticks by his statement. In addition to his tweet announcing his latest political plans, he also wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post about it.
In the piece, he mentioned some of the recent electoral failures of the Democratic Party, and is focused on using a different approach to the election as well as policy.
He is considered to be a socially liberal and relatively pro-business individual. On this topic, he recently said, “We need to encourage a more just and inclusive form of capitalism and reduce barriers to small-business formation, start-ups, job creation, investment and growth.”
How Serious is This Announcement?
With the announcement coming through Twitter first, there may be a bit of curiosity when it comes to how serious he may be about running for president. However, because of his other statements surrounding it, it looks like he is making a real push for the election. To add more fuel to the fire, he also announced he will not be running for re-election for his current seat in Congress.
To do this work with the commitment it deserves, I will not be running for reelection to the House of Representatives,” he said. “No games, no cat-and-mouse, no backup plan at the 11th hour if a focus group goes badly.”
So far, no other person, either a Democrat or Republican, has officially announced any concrete plans for 202. However, there are many people that have been viewed as strong possibilities.
For example, Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist senator from Vermont who ran as a Democrat in 2016, has not yet ruled out the possibility of running in the next election. While
Hillary Clinton did say she would not be running again, she is still in the political field so we may still see another attempt by her.
Mark Zuckerburg has said that he is not running for president, even though he has been hiring a lot of former campaign managers – a move which has many people wondering if he’s considering a run.
There are also a few Senate Democrats that can be viewed as possibilities, such as Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts and Kamala Harris from California.
We still have a lot of time until the next presidential election, but it’s clear planning is already in its initial stages.
~ Liberty Planet