As we begin to look forward to the 2020 election I wonder how the democratic candidates will address some of the most pressing issues we face as a nation. From climate change and immigration reform to reasonable gun control, our nation’s sour relationship with our allies, and our international policy towards China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, to name a few, Trump’s opponents have their hands full.
Below I have summarized a few of the distinctive areas that distinguish the current front runners.
Although former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead in the National Polls, he has not proposed free healthcare for all or free college education but wants to build Obama care and get as many people covered as possible. Biden has proposed a free Community College education, a halt to election gerrymandering and making the one percent and Wall Street pay their fare share. Biden wants a fair pre trial bail system and is against laws that attack women. He is extremely vocal about making our Vets a priority and restoring rights of vets kicked out of the country. He is an avid supporter of the LGBTQ community.
Bernie Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist and is struggling with black and Latino voters. His proposed policies emphasize reversing economic inequality and he proposes free healthcare, raising the minimum wage, free college tuition, and eliminating student debt. Sanders is a pro union and pro-environmental candidate.
Elizabeth Warren is known for her passionate position on women’s issues and equality. She proposes to strengthen trade laws and enforcement. She has a proven record of small business development and supports America’s labor movement. She plans to take action with the short and long-term job development and in fact, Warren has a plan for most of the issues that face our nation. She is an advocate for free healthcare and Criminal Justice Reform and has avoided negative assaults because of her straightforward, no nonsense approach to the issues.
Kamala Harris’ campaign made a significant mark after her second debate but has not followed-up with clear messages. She has proposed teacher pay increases as the key to our future and supports prison reform, justice reform, climate change, as well as implementing better gun control. Her supporters seem to want to hear more detailed plans of what she will do if elected. At the same time, she maintains high favorable ratings among the base and Democrats seem to want a sure reason to vote for her.
Labor Day was the unofficial start of the presidential election season and INGLEWOOD TODAY will be watching closely to see who emerges as the most formidable candidate to face Donald Trump. In my opinion, either of the democratic candidates will surely restore the normalcy that we had previously come to expect with a president who is dignified and of unbending principles.