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.
When do candidates start to officially announce?
In previous presidential election cycles, most major-party candidates announced their campaigns in the first half of the year before the election. If the 2020 cycle mirrors 2016, we can expect a flurry of announcements in the spring. The chart below does not include the intermediate step of creating an exploratory committee.
Source: Smart Politics
A few people have declared candidacy or taken the intermediate step of forming an exploratory committee. 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.
“I'm launching an exploratory committee for president.”
“I will consider running for president.”
“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.”
“We’re seriously talking about it with family and friends and political allies who have come to me”
“But right now, I am just still thinking about this, talking to people.”
“I’m keeping the options open.”
“I think I have an obligation to consider it.”
“I don’t have anything to say about that today.”
“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 have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week.”
“I don’t know if I am.”
“I am going to consider it.”
“I've been approached but we've got to remain focused on 2018.”
“Amy and I made a decision not to rule anything out.”
They bring a record of policy accomplishments and executive experience from their home states.
“I’m not ruling out a run.”
“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
Only two mayors have ever made it to the Oval Office, but both served in other government roles before becoming president.
“I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.”
San Antonio/Former HUD Secretary
“You never know until you try.”
Former New York City mayor
“Will decide by end of calendar year.”
“I am thinking about this.”
“You never say never.”
“My focus is New York City.”
Bill de Blasio
“I plan on being married to my wife. That is all I am planning.”
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 considering running as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020.”
“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
“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