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End of Year 2020 Watch

Check in on the latest possible challengers to President Trump with the NTK 2020 Watch.

By NTK Staff | 12.29.2017 @12:00pm
End of Year 2020 Watch

Several Democratic politicians, business leaders, and celebrities have explored the possibility of challenging President Trump after his first year in office. Here’s a list of the top candidates and where they stand for 2020.

Elizabeth Warren: The left-wing Massachusetts senator has been mentioned as a top Democratic candidate for years, and her elevated profile in 2017 could aid her quest. Trump has repeatedly taken aim at Warren’s unproven claim of being Native American, referring to her as “Pocahontas.” The Senate GOP’s motion to end the firebrand’s remarks on the Senate floor early this year also inspired the liberal war cry, “She persisted.”

Kamala Harris: One of Democrats’ newest additions to the Senate, much of the 2020 chatter surrounding Democrats has zeroed in on Harris. The California senator has achieved a national profile, and she has traveled to the Hamptons for major fundraising efforts. However, her Senate colleague from California, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), downplayed Harris’s potential.

Bernie Sanders: Sanders almost ripped the 2016 Democratic primary out from under Hillary Clinton. Now the socialist senator has set his eyes on 2020, hoping to capitalize on the grassroots energy that propelled him to surprising primary victories last year. Sanders’ biggest problem? He’ll be 79 on election day 2020.

Jamie Dimon: Dimon has flirted with the idea of running for president throughout 2017. As the CEO of JP Morgan, Dimon has said that the only other job he’d consider taking would be president of the United States. He also expressed the belief that Trump would be a one-term president, and that would make 2020 a prime year for Dimon to pursue his ambitions.

Bill de Blasio: Being the mayor of the country’s largest city brings a high amount of prestige with it, and de Blasio could convert that into presidential capital. The New York mayor has been traveling to Iowa, the site of the first caucus in the presidential primaries. The mayor inserted himself in the 2016 election in a big way, going all in for Hillary Clinton. If he’s trying to hide his own aspirations, he’s doing a terrible job of it.

Hillary Clinton: Will the Democrats seek a rematch of the 2016 election wiht a historically unpopular figure? Trump is licking his lips just thinking about it:

Tim Cook: Apple’s CEO held a series of campaign-style events in Iowa in August, meeting with average Iowans and delivering speeches. Cook categorically denied any presidential ambitions, but his trip through the site of the first-in-the-nation caucus resembled a political campaign. Add into the Iowa trip several tweets this year of a political nature, and a clear image of a political candidate starts to materialize. Apple’s spotty human rights record could hold Cook back in a presidential election, however.

Al Franken: Franken seemed to be on the rise in 2020 discussions following his challenges to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but sexual misconduct allegations may have derailed any potential ambitions. While the Minnesota senator told his colleagues in a speech that he would resign, he has yet to do so. Could a reversal on the resignation and possible (Democratic) redemption be in Franken’s future?

Tom Steyer: The Democratic mega-donor has plastered himself all across Americans’ television screens with advertisements that call for Trump’s impeachment. Described as a “vanity project” by some Democratic observers, Steyer is at least getting his name out there in advance of a possible run. The billionaire has also reportedly considered challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in the 2018 California Senate primary.

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