2020: Enough Already!

The 2020 election especially for the Dems is getting more confusing…..we now have 17 people running and are awaiting the decision from Joe Biden……

The field got bigger yesterday when 2 more came out of the shadows….

First, from the great state of Colorado……(he will be 18 or 19 if he makes it through the surgery….depends on Biden and his decision)……

Sen. Michael Bennet has been expected to join the ever-growing 2020 presidential field, but the Colorado Democrat got some bad news that’s delaying a final answer on that. He has prostate cancer. He’ll be getting surgery to remove his prostate gland, the same surgery John Kerry survived in 2003, coming back on the campaign trail cancer-free to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2004. His doctors tell him the risk is low, and in a statement on Twitter, he says that thanks to early detection, his prognosis is good. So, he tells the Colorado Independent, he still plans to run for president—as long as he’s cancer-free. The surgery is scheduled soon after Congress begins its spring recess April 11.

“The idea was to announce [a presidential run] sometime in April,” Bennet says. “That was the plan. We hired some staff. We interviewed people for positions in New Hampshire and Iowa. And then I went for the physical. In my last physical, my PSA was high. They did a biopsy, and it was clear. But this time, it was not clear.” After much thought, the 54-year-old found that he still wanted to run if he could. As for his reasons for running, he says no one else in the Democratic field is talking about dysfunction in Congress: “I am shocked every day” by how little Congress gets done, he says. He’s also passionate about health care reform: “The idea that the richest county in the world hasn’t figured out how to have universal health care is beyond embarrassing. It’s devastating.”

And then the 17th member of the 2020 Democratic field……

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, portraying himself as a candidate who can bridge Democrats’ progressive and working class wings to win the White House, the AP reports. Ryan, 45, announced his primary bid on ABC’s The View. He plans a kickoff rally on Saturday in downtown Youngstown, where a big turnout by organized labor is expected. Ryan is the 17th Democrat to officially enter the race, per ABC. The congressman resisted being labeled a political centrist by the talk show’s hosts, who pointed out that he’s a recreational hunter with past backing from the National Rifle Association. In 2015, he reversed his past opposition to abortion in favor of abortion rights.

“I’m a progressive who knows how to talk to working class people, and I know how to get elected in working class districts, because, at the end of the day, the progressive agenda is what’s best for working families,” Ryan said. During an unsuccessful bid to replace Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader in 2016, Ryan criticized the party for supporting leadership that represents the US coasts at the expense of the middle of the country. Ryan represents the district formerly held by the late Democratic Rep. Jim Traficant, for whom he worked. The blue collar area swung strongly for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Bringing those voters back into the fold will be critical in 2020, said Mahoning County Democratic Chairman David Betras. Per Larry Sabato, the previous record for number of Democratic presidential candidates was 13 in 1976; the record for Republican presidential candidates is the 17 who ran in 2016.

For me Ryan is a bit too centrist….the feel good candidate that promises he can work with everyone……of the two I prefer Andrew Yang at least he gives specific economic policies not the talking points of the party.

We have enough candidates….please stop while we can……

Enough Already!

4 thoughts on “2020: Enough Already!

  1. I hear ya! It’s terrific that so people have jumped into the race who offer what we have sorely needed, gender and cultural diversity as well as youth (and this comes from someone who is on the back end of that! lol) But the more people come into the fray, the harder it will be to hear individual voices and while we scramble, the bully in the Oval keeps hammering his base with his own singular messages, as horrible as they are.

    1. And the dash is not over…..there are a few others that may want a shot at the prize……so far I am a Tulsi supporter….for now,,,chuq

  2. That’s a lot of potential candidates. definitely too many. If they split the opposition vote, Trump will win again.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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