A record number of candidates are running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. To provide voters with a clear sense of what these candidates are for and against, The Post is publishing a series of pages laying out their policy stances.
We are sending detailed questionnaires to every Democratic campaign asking for their stances on various issues, and supplementing their answers with past positions and public statements. In some cases, the answers candidates give us represent their first on-the-record stance on key policies. We’re then organizing their responses into easily-digestible groups to show how the field is divided.
So far, we have surveyed candidates and published pages on eight issue areas:
Below we’ve included just one question of many for each issue area. Click through to see the full set of questions.
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Additionally, The Post analyzed more than 9,200 social media posts to discover what issues candidates were prioritizing in their messaging.
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We’ll continue to survey candidates throughout the primary season, and update as new candidates enter the race.
What else do you what to know from the candidates? We’re taking suggestions for future pages.
How we compiled candidate positions
The Washington Post sent detailed questionnaires to every Democratic campaign asking whether they support various policies. We organized candidates with similar stances into groups using a combination of those answers, legislative records, action taken in an executive role and other public comments, such as policy discussion on campaign websites, social media posts, interviews, town halls and other news reports.
Wayne Messam, mayor of Miramar, Fla., reported $0 in spending during the 3rd quarter of 2019. As a result, he is no longer considered a "major candidate" in the Post's 2020 coverage and has been removed from this project.
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Candidate illustrations by Ben Kirchner.