Long before the sound of the starting gun, dozens of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have already hit the road to workshop their vision, experiment with catchphrases and test policy ideas. Many deny any presidential aspirations, but it’s too soon to count them out.
A couple of Democrats have declared candidacy. Many others are looking like a candidate based on their recent messaging and events, even several — like Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who have stated they’re not running. Others are leaving their options open or have said no, but speculation continues.
A traditional launching pad for the presidency, this class will have to overcome frustration with Washington.
“After the midterms, let’s take a look at the field and make a final decision then.”
“It’s an important question ... I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”
“We are starting to see the beginning of a political revolution, something long overdue.”
“I am running for the United States Senate — 2018, Massachusetts, woo-hoo!”
“We’re thinking about it. . . . We’re not close to saying yes.”
“I am happy where I am right now.”
“I’m keeping the options open.”
“I don’t give it much thought.”
Each brings a perspective to the race forged in their own distinct parts of the country.
“I want to be president.”
“I don’t know if I am.”
“I am going to consider it.”
“I am focused on serving the people of Hawaii and our country.”
“I've been approached but we've got to remain focused on 2018.”
“I don't want to do it. I will not do it.”
They bring a record of policy accomplishments and executive experience from their home states.
“There are important races in 2018 where I can lend something.”
“This summer we’ll see how it begins to feel.”
“2020 will come soon enough.”
Former Virginia Governor
“We will make America America again.”
“It’s not really in the stars.”
“It’s on my radar screen.”
Former Massachusetts Governor
Only two mayors have ever made it to the Oval Office, but both served in other government roles before becoming president.
“You never know until you try.”
Former New York City mayor
“Will decide by end of calendar year.”
“Yeah, I’m interested.”
San Antonio/Former HUD Secretary
“I am thinking about this.”
“You never say never.”
“My focus is New York City.”
Bill de Blasio
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the paths to the presidency have broadened like never before.
“I’m running for president.”
“I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States.”
“Anybody who is thinking about 2020 is taking their eye off the ball.”
“Waiting to see what happens in the midterms.”
“I am doing everything I possibly can as a private citizen to advance the cause of the country.”
Starbucks Executive Chairman
“I have said no, and I’m going to continue to say no.”
“That’s not for me.”
Several former public officials have remained a force in the party.
“I'm running for the President of the United States of America.”
West Virginia state senator, former House candidate
“If we’re ready, and no one has moved in that I think can do it, then I may very well do it.”
Former Vice President
“We’ll see. ... I think I’ll make a decision by the end of the year.”
Former Attorney General
“I’m really not thinking about it”
Former secretary of state and 2004 presidential nominee
“No, no. I’m going to support other people who are running for office.”
Former secretary of state and 2016 presidential nominee