And Then There Were 22. Democrats running to unseat President Trump, that is.
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is the latest to add his image to the Democrat totem pole, joining a conga line of presidential wannabes now grown so long that it shatters all records for size of field. The supposed western moderate, touting a platform of “increasing economic mobility and restoring integrity to government,” brings to seven, count ‘em, seven, the number of senators seeking the highest office in the land. And he is the second candidate from Colorado, joining former Governor John Hickenlooper.
And while we’re on the subject, has there been a Hickenlooper sighting in, say, the last month? How about Kirsten Gillibrand, or Julian Castro, or Jay Inslee? What about Mike Gravel? Were you even aware he was running? I could go on, but you get the point: Only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are drawing interest and attention, while Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, along with fast-fading flavors of the week Pete Buttagieg and Beto O’Rourke, receive a few crumbs of coverage here and there.
Why are so many running? More specifically, why are there so many candidates who have zero chance of winning? At this point, it may well be for the sole purpose of attaching “former presidential candidate” to their title, and consequently bumping up their future speaking fees and potential book deals.
A Field of Midgets?
This is clearly a case of not being able to tell the players without a scorecard. So, dear reader, we will endeavor to assist you in this mission. Here are the 22 Democratic candidates currently running for president
- Michael Bennet U.S. senator from Colorado
- Joe Biden former vice president
- Cory Booker U.S. senator from New Jersey
- Pete Buttigieg mayor of South Bend, Indiana
- Julián Castro former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development and San Antonio mayor
- John Delaney former U.S. representative from Maryland
- Tulsi Gabbard U.S. representative from Hawaii
- Kirsten Gillibrand U.S. senator from New York
- Mike Gravel former U.S. senator from Alaska
- Kamala Harris U.S. senator from California
- John Hickenlooper former governor of Colorado
- Jay Inslee governor of Washington state
- Amy Klobuchar U.S. senator from Minnesota
- Wayne Messam mayor of Miramar, Florida
- Seth Moulton U.S. representative from Massachusetts
- Beto O’Rourke former U.S. representative from Texas
- Tim Ryan U.S. representative from Ohio
- Bernie Sanders U.S. senator from Vermont
- Eric Swalwell U.S. representative from California
- Elizabeth Warren U.S. senator from Massachusetts
- Marianne Williamson author and lecturer
- Andrew Yang entrepreneur and author
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