Written by DML
In the same way that Republicans were anxious to fight for the seat left vacant by Obama in 2016, according to a report published by The Hill on Friday, there could be as many as 30 Democrats that try to compete against Trump in 2020.
The Hill, which is rarely Trump-friendly, interviewed an array of top Democrats and asked them to rank the chances of leading contenders.
Although early in the game, it is clear there is no frontrunner. Not a single person on the list below stands a chance against Trump, in my opinion.
“You have a bunch of Celine Dions but there’s no Beatles,” Phil Singer told the publication. Singer is a Democratic strategist who served as press secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run.
Below are excerpts from the report. For the full analysis, visit The Hill.
1. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Advisers to the senator are telegraphing that Sanders is eying a 2020 run — and his network is already ready to go, with supporters convinced that he was the candidate who would have beaten President Trump in 2016.
Still, strategists note that Sanders would be 79 in 2020, which could work against him at a time when Democrats are hungry for change.
2. Joe Biden
The former vice president’s book tour has kept him in the spotlight at a time when Democrats are nostalgic for the Obama years.
Added Singer: “He probably has the best voice at this stage of the game.”
If he chooses to run, Biden will also have to contend with his age. He’ll be 77 in 2020.
3. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Every strategist and political observer interviewed by The Hill mentioned Warren consistently as a top contender for 2020.
Two things not in Warren’s favor: There’s no love lost for her in Obamaworld, and like Sanders, she’d be 77 by the time 2020 rolls around.
4. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
When Democrats talk about “fresh blood” in the party, many point to Harris, the freshman senator who has proven time and again since arriving in the upper chamber that she’s not afraid to speak her mind.
Still, Harris has yet to be tested in the national spotlight, and she’ll have to convince the party faithful that she has what it takes to win.
5. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
When Hillary Clinton was looking for a running mate, there was a growing consensus in the party that she should pick the Ohio senator.
Besides the fact that he represents a key swing state, political observers think Brown is a Democrat’s Democrat who would appeal to both centrists and progressives.
6. Deval Patrick
The former Massachusetts governor caught the attention of some top Democratic donors after news reports surfaced this summer that Obama allies like Valerie Jarrett and David Simas were encouraging him to run.
The report was seen by some as “blatantly overt” attempt to lay the groundwork for Patrick, one fundraiser told The Hill in September.
“A lot of people in our world see Deval as the one who will carry the Obama legacy.”
Another Democratic donor said in an interview that Patrick falls under “something different.”