Kamala Harris throws Joe Biden’s candidacy into crisis with attack on race

Democrats debating Thursday in the second installment of a two-night slugfest split on how far the United States should drift toward socialism and listened with unhinged jaws as the roster’s lone black member ripped into former Vice President Joe Biden over his history on race.

California Sen Kamala Harris stepped into the spotlight by roasting Biden for his recent nostalgia about a pair of segregationist Democratic senators, and lambasted him for opposing federal intervention decades ago to desegregate America’s schools through forced busing.

President Donald Trump, 13 time zones away, watched as all 10 rivals agreed that future health care systems should cover illegal immigrants – and declared that he has already won re-election.

‘You cannot let people who are sick, no matter where they come from, no matter what their status, go uncovered. You can’t do that,’ argued former Vice President Joe Biden, carving out territory farther to the left than the Obamacare system dared to tread.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg agreed that ‘our country is healthier when everyone is healthier’, and ‘we do ourselves no favors by having 11 million undocumented people in our country be unable to access health care’.

‘But of course the real problem is we shouldn’t have 11 million undocumented people with no pathway to citizenship,’ he claimed.

In between meetings at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, Trump tweeted: ‘All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!’

Ten candidates have taken the stage for part two of the first Democratic debate on Thursday in Miami, Florida. From left to right are: self-help author Marianne Williamson, former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper, businessman Andrew Yang, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, California Sen Kamala Harris, New York Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, Colorado Sen Michael Bennet and California Rep Eric Swalwell

Ten candidates have taken the stage for part two of the first Democratic debate on Thursday in Miami, Florida. From left to right are: self-help author Marianne Williamson, former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper, businessman Andrew Yang, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, California Sen Kamala Harris, New York Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, Colorado Sen Michael Bennet and California Rep Eric Swalwell

Ten candidates have taken the stage for part two of the first Democratic debate on Thursday in Miami, Florida. From left to right are: self-help author Marianne Williamson, former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper, businessman Andrew Yang, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, California Sen Kamala Harris, New York Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, Colorado Sen Michael Bennet and California Rep Eric Swalwell 

Four of the five top polling candidates in the 2020 field - Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders and Harris - are seen greeting the crowd

Four of the five top polling candidates in the 2020 field - Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders and Harris - are seen greeting the crowd

Four of the five top polling candidates in the 2020 field – Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders and Harris – are seen greeting the crowd

The biggest targets of the night are expected to be on the backs of front-runners Biden (left) and Sanders (right)

Harris received a hearty applause when she told her fellow candidates: 'America does not want to witness a food fight, they want to know how we're going to put food on their table'

Harris received a hearty applause when she told her fellow candidates: 'America does not want to witness a food fight, they want to know how we're going to put food on their table'

Harris received a hearty applause when she told her fellow candidates: ‘America does not want to witness a food fight, they want to know how we’re going to put food on their table’








Sitting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump sniffed that Democrats ‘didn’t discuss what they’re giving to American citizens. That’s not a good thing.’

‘I look forward to spending time with you rather than watching the debate,’ he told her, declaring Wednesday’s round ‘wasn’t very exciting.’

While he negotiated with foreign leaders, Democrats gathered in Miami launched into plans for tax hikes and a new leftward tilt.

The amity among varying brands of liberalism lasted only so long, with rhetorical punches flying over whose economic and social justice was purest.

‘Hey guys!’ Harris exclaimed as the cacophony threatened to burst through America’s televisions. ‘America does not want to witness a food fight! They’re wondering how we’re going to get food on their tables.’

A half-hour later it was Harris throwing a pie in Biden’s direction.

Candidates in Thursday debate as you see them from left to right 

Marianne Williamson – self-help author

John Hickenlooper – former governor of Colorado

Andrew Yang – businessman

Pete Buttigieg – mayor of South Bend

Joe Biden – former vice president

Bernie Sanders – senator from Vermont

Kamala Harris – senator from California

Kirsten Gillibrand – senator from New York

Michael Bennet – senator from Colorado

Eric Swalwell – congressman from California 

‘It was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,’ she said, referring to Biden’s gauzy remembrances of Mississippi Sen James Eastland and South Carolina Sen Fritz Hollings.

‘And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose bussing,’ she continued, revealing that she was part of the second class of black students to integrate the public schools in Berkeley, California.

Biden insisted that the Berkeley City Council, not the US Senate, was responsible – but stammered to explain why he opposed federal government intervention at the time.

Defending his half-century-long record on voting rights, a flustered Biden ultimately threw up his hands and blurted: ‘My time’s up. I’m sorry.’

Asked after the debate whether Harris had mischaracterized his views, a grinning Biden interrupted a selfie session with supporters to ask: ‘On which of the subjects?’

‘Yes, she mischaracterized it,’ he insisted, rattling off a legislative history of times in the Senate when he had defended the power of federal courts to step into desegregation fights.

Arguing for a single-payer ‘Medicare For All’ health care system on Thursday, Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders conceded that most Americans ‘will pay more in taxes’ but insisted that they would spend less on health care once the dust settled.

Sanders and Harris were the only two candidates to raise their hands to signify that they would outlaw private medical insurance plans in favor of a government-managed system.

Sanders said Americans would ultimately demand a single-payer system by telling insurers and pharmaceutical manufacturers ‘that their day is gone, that health care is a human right, not something to make huge profits off of’.

He said also that he would spend heavily to eliminate the student loan debts of every American ‘by placing a tax on Wall Street’.

Biden took a more measured, folksy approach in keeping with his moderate image. He acknowledged ‘enormous income inequality’ in America but proposed only making cuts ‘in the $1.6trillion in tax loopholes out there’.

He also said that as president he ‘would go about eliminating Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy.’

Harris blasted the president for a new tax system ‘that benefits the top one percent and the biggest corporations in this country.’

She said ‘middle class families will pay for’ the resulting increase in the national debt ‘one way or another’.

‘I meet people working two and three jobs,’ she said of her campaign experiences and her disappointment with the Trump economy.

‘How are you measuring the greatness of this economy?’ she asked. ‘He talks about the stock market. That’s fine if you own stocks. So many families do not.’ 

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg

New York Sen Kristen Gillibrand

New York Sen Kristen Gillibrand

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (left) and New York Sen Kristen Gillibrand (right) are pictured at their podiums

California Congressman Eric Swalwell (right) speaks as former Colorado Sen Michael Bennet (right) looks on

California Congressman Eric Swalwell (right) speaks as former Colorado Sen Michael Bennet (right) looks on

California Congressman Eric Swalwell (right) speaks as former Colorado Sen Michael Bennet (right) looks on 








The stronger half of the Democratic presidential field jousted in a grouping that placed the race’s strongest contenders on stage together by random chance.

Biden entered the night with the most at stake, a moderate front-runner who has lost ground drop-by-drop to his more aggressively liberal rivals.

Representing the party’s far left flank, Sanders brought a decidedly socialist flair – dragging his party to the left with promises of wealth redistribution and government-run health care.

Sanders is the only debating candidate who promises an older president than Biden, if he should win.

He blasted Trump as a ‘phony’, a ‘pathological liar’ and a ‘racist’ on Thursday, and said ‘he lied to the American people during his campaign’.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the debate in between meetings at the G20 leaders summit in Japan

President Donald Trump tweeted about the debate in between meetings at the G20 leaders summit in Japan

President Donald Trump tweeted about the debate in between meetings at the G20 leaders summit in Japan

Despite the unprecedented diversity of a Democratic field that includes six women, three African-Americans, an openly gay man, a Hindu and a Latino, it has been Sanders and Biden – the two oldest, whitest men running – combining to nearly monopolize voter interest in early polling.

The two stood at center stage on Thursday, a testament to the Democrats’ ideological tug-of-war that threatens to upend party unity the way it did in 2016.

Harris and Buttigieg joined the two 70-something men as members of a more and more clearly defined second tier. Harris is the lone African-American woman in the field; Buttigieg is its only openly gay competitor, and roughly half the age of Biden and Sanders.

Rounding out Thursday’s group were Sens Michael Bennet of Colorado and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper, New York businessman Andrew Yang, California Rep Eric Swalwell and new-age author Marianne Williamson.

Hickenlooper, an example of a lesser-known Democrat, drew chuckles Wednesday when he presented himself at the theater only to be asked if he was there for a press pass.

And Swalwell, 38, drew chuckles by noting that he was six years old when Biden said during a California Democratic Convention speech that it was ‘time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans.’

‘Joe Biden was right when he said that 32 years ago. He is still right today,’ Swalwell said.

Biden replied that at age 76. ‘I’m still holding on to that torch.’

Gun control made a brief appearance, largely on the strength of Swalwell’s insistence that the U.S. government should buy up every ‘assault weapon’ in America.

He would let people ‘keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns,’ he insisted, fending off what Republicans see as a Second Amendment slippery slope.

‘But we can take the most dangerous weapons from the most dangerous people,’ he claimed Thursday, saying no other presidential candidate would go as far.

Sanders said six years ago that states should be in charge of regulating guns; he sang a different tune on Thursday, saying he ‘ran on a platform of banning assault weapons’ in 1988.

Harris said that as president she would take executive action to expand background checks for gun buyers if Congress did not act within 100 days.

The red-hot abortion issue made a cameo when moderators asked how the candidates would respond to a scenario where the Supreme Court has reversed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Sanders said his socialized medicine system would continue to pay for abortions, but Gillibrand insisted she was the pack leader on reproductive rights.

‘It’s mind boggling to me that we are debating this on stage in 2019,’ she said.

‘I think we have to stop playing defense and start playing offense’ against Trump and the GOP, Gillibrand urged.

‘I will guarantee women’s reproductive freedom no matter what,’ she pledged. 

Republicans waiting for a champion to emerge from the Democrats’ scrum wasted no time mocking Thursday night’s array of rivals as a future cakewalk for Trump.

‘The cast of characters may have changed, but the second night’s script was eerily like the first: a two hour-long infomercial for President Donald J. Trump’s re-election campaign,’ Trump campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

‘All of the Democrats tripped over each other in a race to see who could stand out as the most leftist candidate, threatening government control of every aspect of people’s lives,’ she said.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the debating Democrats provided ‘a broken record of radical policies.’

‘Democrats support tax hikes on the middle class and taxpayer-funded health care for illegal immigrants. Their policies are extreme and out of touch with the realities facing everyday Americans,’ McDaniel said.

Biden entered the night with the most at stake, a moderate front-runner who has lost ground drop-by-drop to his more aggressively liberal rivals

Biden entered the night with the most at stake, a moderate front-runner who has lost ground drop-by-drop to his more aggressively liberal rivals

Sanders is the only debating candidate who promises an older president than Biden, if he should win

Sanders is the only debating candidate who promises an older president than Biden, if he should win

Biden entered the night with the most at stake, a moderate front-runner who has lost ground drop-by-drop to his more aggressively liberal rivals. Sanders is the only debating candidate who promises an older president than Biden, if he wins

The second night of debating came a day after NBC survived technical glitches that forced an early commercial break during the first half of the two-night event.

Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren was the only top-shelf candidate to participate on Wednesday, and avoided the kind of unforced errors that could have spelled trouble early in the race.

Wednesday’s installment turned into a slug-fest on health care and immigration in which President Trump’s name was invoked only seldom – and Biden’s not at all.

Several Democrats already this week have visited a facility near Miami where hundreds of children are being held after crossing into the US illegally.

Three candidates spoke Spanish during portions of the first debate, which, like Thursday’s, was simulcast on Telemundo. Buttigieg dropped Thursday night’s only words ‘en Español,’ one of the seven languages he speaks.

More than 15 million watched Wednesday’s debate on TV, according to data from The Nielsen Company. That number fell short of the first primary debates on both sides of the aisle in 2015.

Trump had more to say about NBC’s first-night production challenges than about his potential 2020 opponents.

‘BORING!’ he declared in a tweet.

Five Democrats are officially in the race but failed to qualify for this week’s debates.

They include Montana Gov Steve Bullock; former Alaska Sen Mike Gravel; Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam; Massachusetts Rep Seth Moulton; and former Pennsylvania Rep Joe Sestak.

NIGHT ONE RECAP

The first night of the first Democratic debate took place Wednesday with New Jersey Sen Cory Booker, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland Rep John Delaney, Hawaii Rep Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Gov Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep Beto O’Rourke, Ohio Rep Tim Ryan and Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren taking the stage.

Immigration politics exploded to the front-burner as the presidential hopefuls took turns blasting President Trump in the wake of the deaths of a Salvadoran man and his two-year-old daughter, who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. 

Wednesday’s debate was the most bilingual in American history, with three candidates speaking Spanish on stage. 

O’Rourke gave his first answer that way, befuddling much of the TV audience and drawing a side-eye look from Booker – who later joined in the Español himself. 

Castro limited his Spanish to a single line in his closing statement: Despite being the only Latino on the stage, he isn’t a fluent Spanish speaker. 

TV viewers were enraged by technical glitches that drove the NBC broadcast to premature commercial breaks as microphones in the control room were switched on while moderators asked questions about gun control. 

Pundits crowned Warren, Booker and Castro the winners of the night, while O’Rourke was widely deemed the loser.  

Watching from Air Force One on his way to the G-20 Summit in Japan, Trump made his dissatisfaction with the entire night clear by tweeting: ‘BORING!’ 

Read DailyMail.com’s full coverage of night one here

Seen on stage at night one of the first Democratic debate are (from left to right): Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and John Delaney

Seen on stage at night one of the first Democratic debate are (from left to right): Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and John Delaney

Seen on stage at night one of the first Democratic debate are (from left to right): Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and John Delaney

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former US Representative for Texas' 16th congressional district Beto O'Rourke greet the crowd at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former US Representative for Texas' 16th congressional district Beto O'Rourke greet the crowd at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former US Representative for Texas’ 16th congressional district Beto O’Rourke greet the crowd at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts








WHO ARE THE 25 DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020?

MICHAEL BENNET 

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 56

Entered race:  May 2, 2019

Career: Currently Colorado senator.  Educated at elite St. Albans preparatory school and was a Capitol Hill page before graduating Wesleyan and Yale Law School. Was law clerk and worked in Clinton’s Department of Justice then moved to Colorado in 1997 as managing director of billionaire Philip Anschutz’s investment company. Was chief of staff to Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, then superintendent of Denver Public schools. Appointed to vacant Colorado Senate seat in 2009, held it 48.1 to 46.4 in 2010 and 50 to 44.3 in 2016

Family: Married to environmental attorney Susan Daggett, with three daughters – Halina, Anne and Caroline. Was born in New Delhi while to diplomat father Douglas Bennet, who went onto be CEO of NPR and a Clinton assistant secretary of state. His grandfather, also Douglas, was an economic adviser to FDR. Mother Susanne is retired elementary school librarian whose parents were Holocaust survivors. Brother James is editor of the New York Times opinion section

Religion: Says he was raised with Jewish and Christian heritage; no known adherence

Views on key issues: Moderate who does not endorse Medicare for all or – so far – Green New Deal. Strongly pro-choice and pro-gay rights, leading to 2010 Senate victory. Pro raising minimum wage. Wants citizenship pathway for ‘dreamers.’ 

Would make history as: First Colorado president

JOE BIDEN

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 78

Entered race: April 25, 2019

Career: No current role. A University of Delaware and Syracuse Law graduate, he was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 1969, then won upset election to Senate in 1972, aged 29. Was talked out of quitting before being sworn in when his wife and daughter died in a car crash and served total of six terms. Chaired Judiciary Committee’s notorious Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Ran for president in 1988, pulled out after plagiarism scandal, ran again in 2008, withdrew after placing fifth in the Iowa Caucuses. Tapped by Obama as his running mate and served two terms as vice president. Contemplated third run in 2016 but decided against it after his son died of brain cancer.

Family: Eldest of four siblings born to Joe Biden Sr. and Catherine Finnegan. First wife Neilia Hunter and their one-year-old daughter Naomi died in car crash which their two sons, Joseph ‘Beau’ and Robert Hunter survived. Married Jill Jacobs in 1976, with whom he has daughter Ashley. Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. Hunter’s marriage to Kathleen Buhle, with whom he has three children, ended in 2016 when it emerged Hunter was in a relationship with Beau’s widow Hallie, mother of their two children. Hunter admitted cocaine use; his estranged wife accused him of blowing their savings on drugs and prostitutes

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Ultra-moderate who will emphasize bipartisan record. Will come under fire over record, having voted: to stop desegregation bussing in 1975; to overturn Roe v Wade in 1981; for now controversial 1994 Violent Crime Act; for 2003 Iraq War; and for banking deregulation. Says he is ‘most progressive’ Democrat. New positions include free college, tax reform, $15 minimum wage. No public position yet on Green New Deal and healthcare. Pro-gun control. Has already apologized to women who say he touched them inappropriately

Would make history as: Oldest person elected president

Slogan: Working for America

CORY BOOKER

Age on Inauguration Day: 51

Entered race: February 1, 2019

Career: Currently New Jersey senator. High school football star who went to Stanford or undergraduate and masters degrees before studying in Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and Yale Law School. Worked for advocacy and youth projects and successfully ran for Newark, New Jersey, city council in 1998. Narrowly lost mayoral election in 2002 facing claims he was ‘suburban’ and ‘not black enough.’ Ran again in 2006 and won landslide on radical reform platform for troubled city, including being tough on crime, cutting budget deficit, increasing affordable housing and tackling failing schools – controversially taking a huge donation from Mark Zuckerberg for the city. Ran for New Jersey senate seat in 2013 special election and won; won full term in 2014

Family: Unmarried but dating actress Rosario Dawson. Parents Cary and Carolyn were among IBM’s first black executives. Brother Cary Jr. is education adviser to New Jersey’s Democratic governor

Religion: Baptist

Views on key issues: Self-proclaimed liberal. Endorses abortion rights; affirmative action; single-payer health care; criminal justice reform; path to citizenship for ‘dreamers; federal marijuana decriminalization; $15 minimum wage; but has also spoken against tech regulation and for long-term deficit reduction

Would make history as: First unmarried president since Grover Cleveland in 1886

Slogan: Together, America, We Will Rise     

STEVE BULLOCK

Age on Inauguration Day: 54

Entered race: May 14, 2019

Career: Currently governor of Montana. Montana native educated at Claremont McKenna College, California, and Columbia Law who worked for Montana Democratic governor and Department of Justice before failed 2000 run for state attorney general. Practiced law then ran again in 2008 and won, using it to springboard to run for governor in 2012, winning 48.9 to 47.3, then winning second term in 2016 by 50.3 to 46.4 in a state which Trump won 56.2 to 35.7. Only Democratic governor to win re-election in a Trump state

Family: Married to Lisa Downs, who was a year behind him in high school. They have three children, Caroline, Alexandria and Cameron. His parents Michael, a teacher, and Margaret, a school board trustee, divorced when he was at grade school and he has one brother, Bill

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Vocal moderate. Wants Democrats to expand reach beyond the coasts and cities. Not signed up to Green New Deal or Medicare for All. Warned Hillary Clinton against attacking coal mining in 2016. Says government has to afford taxation and spending commitments. Social liberal on abortion and gay marriage. Has shifted from gun control opponent to backing universal background checks and assault weapon ban

Would make history as: First Montanan president

Slogan: To be announced 

PETE BUTTIGIEG

Age on Inauguration Day: 39

Entered race: Announced formation of exploratory committee January 23, 2019. Formally entered race April 14, 2019

Career: Currently mayor of Sound Bend, Indiana. Harvard grad and Rhodes scholar who got a second degree from Oxford before working as a McKinsey management consultant and being commissioned as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer. Elected South Bend mayor in 2011 and served in combat in 2013, won re-election in 2015

Family: Came out as gay during second mayoral run and married husband Chasten Glezman, a middle school teacher in 2018. Parents were University of Notre Dame academics. Surname is pronounced BOOT-edge-edge. Would be first combat veteran since George H.W. Bush

Religion: Raised as a Catholic, now Episcopalian

Views on key issues: Has said Democratic party needs a ‘fresh start’; wrote an essay in praise of Bernie Sanders aged 17; backed paid parental leave for city employees; other policies unknown 

Would make history as: First openly gay and youngest-ever president

Slogan: To be announced

JULIAN CASTRO 

Age on Inauguration Day: 46

Entered race: January 12, 2018, at rally in his native San Antonio, TX. Had formed exploratory committee two months previously

Career: No current job. Stanford and Harvard graduate who was a San Antonio, Texas, councilman at 26 and became mayor of the city in 2009. Was Obama’s Housing and Urban Development secretary from 2014 to 2016

Family: Married with nine-year-old daughter, Carina, and four-year-old son, Cristian. His identical twin Joaquin, who is a minute younger, is Democratic congressman. Mother Maria del Rosario Castro was part of ‘radical’ third party for Mexican-Americans; father left his wife and five children for her but they never married. Would be first Hispanic-American president – announced his run in English and Spanish – and first-ever U.S. president with a twin

Religion:  Catholic

Views on key issues: Wants medicare for all; universal pre-K; action on affordable housing; will not take money from political action committees (PACs) tied to corporations or unions. Other views still to be announced

Would make history as: First Hispanic president, first to be a twin  

Slogan: One Nation, One Destiny

BILL DE BLASIO

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 59

Entered race: May 16, 2019

Career: Currently New York mayor. New York University and Columbia University graduate who became a ‘political organizer’ working in Nicaragua in support of the Sandanistas, then a volunteer for David Dinkins’ campaign to be New York’s first African American mayor. Bill Clinton appointee in HUD, then campaign manager of Hillary Clinton’s 2000 New York Senate campaign, running for New York City Council seat the following year. Successfully ran for Public Advocate in 2009, winning high-profile city post, then used it as springboard into packed 2013 mayoral primary which also featured Anthony Weiner. Unexpectedly won Democratic field then landslide general election, repeating it in 2016, 66.5 to 27.8. Terms both hit by corruption investigations into lobbying by donors

Family: Born Warren Wilhelm Jr. to German-American war veteran father and Italian-American mother Maria de Blasio, who divorced when he was seven. Changed his name to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm in 1983, then Bill de Blasio in December 2001. Married since 1991 to Chirlane McCray, seven years his senior and a political campaigner and poet who says she identified as a lesbian in the 1970s and ‘met the love of my life, married him.’ They have two children: daughter Chiara, who graduated Santa Clara University in 2016 and who has said she battled drink and drugs and mental illness; and son Dante, a Yale undergraduate

Religion: Raised without religion. Now says ‘there is a Christian underpinning to a lot of what I believe.’

Views on key issues: Ultra-liberal. Trumpeted his plan for a New York Green New Deal in Trump Tower in show of support for ultra-progressive wing. Introduced universal pre-K in the city and pushed a wealth tax. Been hostile to charter schools and backed legalized marijuana. Spoken in favour of universal healthcare. Backs immigration reforms including path to citizenship for undocumented. Spoke against stop-and-frisk. Wider foreign policy and economic positions unknown

Would make history as: Tallest president at 6′ 5′, beating Abraham Lincoln by an inch

Slogan: To be announced  

JOHN DELANEY

Age on Inauguration Day: 57

Entered race: Filed papers July 28, 2017

Career: No current job. Three-time Maryland congressman, first winning election in 2012. Previously set up publicly-traded companies lending capital to healthcare and mid-size businesses and was youngest CEO at the time of a New York Stock Exchange-listed firm

Family: Married father of four; wife April works for children’s issues nonprofit 

Religion: Catholic 

Views on key issues: Social liberal in favor of legalized pot and gun control but not single-payer healthcare; fiscally conservative

Would make history as: First president from Marlyand. First openly bald president since Eisenhower

Slogan: Focus on the Future

TULSI GABBARD

Age on Inauguration Day: 39

Entered race: Still to formally file any papers but said she would run on January 11 2019

Career: Currently Hawaii congresswoman. Born on American Samoa, a territory. Raised largely in Hawaii, she co-founded an environmental non-profit with her father as a teenager and was elected to the State Legislature aged 21, its youngest member in history. Enlisted in the National Guard and served two tours, one in Iraq 2004-2006, then as an officer in Kuwait in 2009. Ran for Honolulu City Council in 2011, and House of Representatives in 2012

Family: Married to her second husband, Abraham Williams, a cinematographer since 2015. First marriage to childhood sweetheart Eduardo Tamayo in 2002 ended in 2006. Father Mike Gabbard is a Democratic Hawaii state senator, mother Carol Porter runs a non-profit.

Religion: Hindu

Views on key issues: Has apologized for anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage views; wants marijuana federally legalized; opposed to most U.S. foreign interventions; backs $15 minimum wage and universal health care; was the second elected Democrat to meet Trump after his 2016 victory

Would make history as: First female, Hindu and Samoan-American president; youngest president ever

Slogan: Lead with Love

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

Age on Inauguration Day: 54

Entered race: Announced exploratory committee on Stephen Colbert’s CBS show on January 16, 2019. Formal launch in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower, New York, March 24, 2019

Career: Currently New York senator. Dartmouth and UCLA law grad who was a high-flying Manhattan attorney representing big businesses. Says she was inspired to enter politics by hearing Hillary Clinton speak, although she is also scion of a prominent New York Democratic political family. Won New York’s 20th district, centered on Albany in 2004; appointed to Hillary Clinton’s senate seat in 2008 and won it in 2010 special election 63-35; won first full term 2012 and re-elected 67-33 in 2018

Family: Married to British venture capitalist Jonathan Gillibrand with two sons, Theodore, 15, and Henry, ten. Father Douglas Lutnik was Democratic lobbyist; grandmother Polly Noonan was at center of Albany Democratic politics

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Initially pro-gun as Congresswoman, has since reversed herself to be pro-gun control and also pro-immigration; said Bill Clinton should have resigned over Monica Lewinsky and helped force Al Franken out of Senate over groping allegations; in favor of single-payer healthcare and Medicare for all

Would make history as: First female president 

Slogan: Brave wins

MIKE GRAVEL

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 90

Entered race: April 2, 2019, saying he was not running to win. In May said he wants to be on debate stage and force party to left

Career: No current role. Army intelligence officer who went to Columbia University on the G.I. Bill then moved to Alaska, where he became a Democratic activist and realtor, then a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963 to 1967. Won Alaska senate race in 1968, became vocal anti-Vietnam campaigner. Failed run for vice president in 1972 but won two more terms as senator, losing in 1980. Returned to real estate, then politics in 1989 campaigning for ‘direct democracy.’ Ran for Democratic nomination in 2008 to push his causes but failed in polls and switched to the Libertarian Party, but lost bid to be their candidate. Later campaigned for causes including marijuana legalization but also spoke to Holocaust deniers and called for new 9/11 investigation. Was persuaded to run for 2020 by high school senior and college freshman who heard him on cult podcast Chapo Trap House

Family: Married to second wife Whitney. Two adult children – Martin, a sales executive and Lynne Mosier – both of whom have two children. Parents were French-Canadian immigrants to Massachusetts

Religion: Raised Catholic, now identifies as Unitarian

Views on key issues: Ultra-liberal. Wants abolition of capital punishment, decriminalization of all drugs, no-first use of nuclear weapons pledge, created a Department of Peace alongside Department of War, close all foreign bases and cut military spending by 50 per cent, abolish the electoral college and make senators’ voting power proportional to population size

Would make history as: Oldest ever president

Slogan: To be announced   

KAMALA HARRIS  

Age on Inauguration Day: 56 

Entered race: Announced she was running January 21, 2018 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – on Good Morning America. Formally entered race January 27

Career: Currently California senator. Howard and U.C. Hunter law school grad who worked as assistant district attorney in Alameda County, CA, then in San Francisco’s DA’s office before being elected San Francisco DA in 2003 and used it as springboard to run successfully for California attorney general in 2010. Won again in 2014 and was at center of U.S. attorney general and Supreme Court speculation but also endured a series of controversies, including over police brutality allegations. Ran for Senate in 2016 and established herself on liberal wing of party

Family: Born in Berkeley, CA, to immigrant Indian Tamil mother and Jamaican father who were both academics and brought up from seven to 18  in Montreal, Canada. Dated married San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, when he was 60 and she was 29. Married attorney Douglas Emhoff in 2014 and has two stepchildren; Cole, an aspiring actor, and Ella, an art and design student. Sister Maya was a Hillary Clinton adviser and brother-in-law Tony West is Uber’s chief legal counsel

Views on key issues: Social ultra-liberal who has rejected criticisms of ‘identity politics’ and is running without a political action committee, which will make her reliant on small donors. Has shifted left on criminal justice reform; supports Medicare for all;  pro-gun control and anti-death penalty; says illegal immigration is a civil not a criminal offense

Religion: Has said she was brought up in both Baptist and Hindu tradition

Would make history as: First female and first Indian-American president

Slogan: For The People 

JOHN HICKENLOOPER

Age on Inauguration Day: 68

Entered race: March 4, 2019 with Good Morning America interview

Career: No current job. Wesleyan University-educated geologist who moved to Colorado to work in petroleum industry but was laid off and started Wynkoop Brewing Company, the first craft brewpub in 1988 in Denver’s LoDo (lower downtown) area. Ran for mayor of Denver as an outsider in 2003 and won, then won a second term in 2007. Ran for Colorado governor in 2010 and won 51 per cent of the vote; his nearest rival took 36.5 per cent. Won re-election 49.3 to 46 in 2014, but was term limited and ended his second term in January 2019

Family: Married to second wife Robin Pringle, 40, a vice president at LibertyMedia Corp., owners of Sirius XM. Divorced first wife Helen Thorpe in 2012 after 10 years of marriage; ex-couple have son Teddy, a high school student. Born and brought up in Narbeth, in the Main Line of Philadelphia, his father’s ancestors include Civil War Union general Andrew Hickenlooper

Religion: Quaker

Views on key issues: Voiced support for Green New Deal but has also been in favor of fracking; has not embraced single-payer healthcare but expanded Medicaid in Colorado; long record of being pro-gun control; pro-choice but has gone out of his way to talk about reducing unplanned teenage pregnancies ; opposed to the death penalty; advocated for gay marriage

Would make history as: First Colorado president

Slogan:  To be announced     

JAY INSLEE

Age on Inauguration Day: 69

Entered race: March 1, 2019

Career: Currently Washington governor. Stanford drop-out who graduated from University of Washington and Williamette University School of Law before working as a city prosecutor in Selah, WA. First elected to Washington House of Representatives in 1989 and again in 1990; won Congressional seat in 1992 elections but lost in 1994 and then had failed 1996 gubernatorial run. Returned to Congress in 1998 elections and stayed until 2012 to run for governor. Won first term 51.5 to 48.5; re-elected in 2016 by 54.4 to 45.6

Family: Born in Seattle to late parents Frank, a Navy veteran and high school teacher and coach, and Adele, a Sears sales clerk. Married high school and college sweetheart Trudi since 1972. Three adult sons Jack, a radio producer in Washington D.C.; Connor, director of a Washington state non-profit for the disabled; and Joe, who works for King County, WA’s department of natural resources and parks. Grandfather of three 

Religion: Non-denominational Protestant 

Views on key issues: Running to combat climate change with praise for  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal – his record in Washington D.C. including aspiring to ‘zero emissions’ buildings and largely eliminate fossil fuel use; vocal gun control advocate; fought Trump’s ban on entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries; called moratorium on death penalty in Washington; supported marijuana legalization in Washington and expected to do so federally; will not take money from political action committees; healthcare position still unclear

Would make history as: First Washington state president 

Slogan: Our moment 

AMY KLOBUCHAR

Age on Inauguration Day: 60

Entered race: Announced candidacy February 10, 2019 at snow-drenched rally in her native Minneapolis

Career: Currently Minnesota senator. Yale and University of Chicago law graduate who became a corporate lawyer. First ran unsuccessfully for office in 1994 as Hennepin, MI, county attorney, and won same race in 1998, then in 2002, without opposition. Ran for Senate in 2006 and won 58-38; re-elected in 2012 and 2018

Family: Married to John Bessler, law professor at University of Baltimore and expert on capital punishment. Daughter Abigail Bessler, 23, works fora Democratic member of New York City council. Father Jim, 90, was a veteran newspaper columnist who has written a memoir of how his alcoholism hurt his family; mom Rose is a retired grade school teacher

Religion: Congregationalist (United Church of Christ)

Views on key issues: Seen as a mainstream liberal: says she wants ‘universal health care’ but has not spelled out how; pro-gun control; pro-choice; backs $15 minimum wage; no public statements on federal marijuana legalization; has backed pro-Israel law banning the ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions’ movement; spoke out against abolishing ICE

Would make history as: First female president

Slogan: To be announced

WAYNE MESSAM

Age on Inauguration day: 46

Entered race: Announced March 28, 2019, formal launch March 30, 2019

Career: Currently mayor of Miramar, Florida. Florida State University football star who played starting wide receiver, and graduated in 1997. Worked in construction industry as contractor and started his own company in 2007. Ran for City of Miramar Commission in 2011 and mayor in 2015, defeating 16-year Democratic incumbent and becoming first black mayor of the city. Won second term March 2019, days before announcing presidential bid

Family: Married to college sweetheart Angela Sands, 44, who is also his business partner. Three college-age children: son Wayne Jr. and twin daughters Kayla and Kyla. Fourth child and first American-born child of Jamaican immigrants Hubert , a sugar-cane cutter, and his wife Delsey, who are both deceased. Was president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials in 2018

Religion: Worships at the Fountain of New Life Church in Miami Gardens where he is a deacon

Views on key issues: Says he is staunch advocate of gun control. Wants action on climate change and is opposed to off-shore oil drilling. Opposes Trump immigration policies and proposed forcing immigration officials to get a warrant before entering city property. Yet to state position on health care and foreign policy

Would make history as: First Jamaican-American and first Florida president 

Slogan: Your Champion

SETH MOULTON

Age on Inauguration Day: 42

Entered race: April 22, 2019

Career: Currently Massachusetts Congressman. Educated at elite Phillips Academy Andover – like both Bush presidents – and Harvard, he joined the Marines early in 2001. Was commissioned in 2002, then saw combat in invasion of Iraq and four total tours of duty, rising to captain and winning a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and a Bronze Star. Attended graduate school, worked for a high-speed rail project in Texas and ran against incumbent Democrat and then Republican in 2014 to take his hometown district of Marblehead, which he has held since.  Would be only second sitting congressman elected president – first was James Garfield in 1880

Family: Married wife Liz Moulton, a divorcee, in 2017. Couple had a daughter, Emmy, in October 2018. Parents Tom and Lynn, a real estate attorney and a secretary, campaigned against Vietnam as students

Religion: United Church of Christ

Views on key issues: Democratic moderate who campaigned on opposition to Iraq War which he served in. Wants a Pacific NATO and radical change to military, with concentration on new technology. Pro-gun control. Healthcare views unclear. Announced support for  Green New Deal. Has compared Trump’s rise to Hitler’s 

Would make history as: Youngest ever president, beating Theodore Roosevelt by 234 days 

Slogan:  To be announced

BETO O’ROURKE 

Age on Inauguration Day: 47

Entered race: March 14, 2019

Career: No current job. Born Robert Francis O’Rourke. Boarding-school educated Columbia grad who lived in a New York loft, playing in a punk band and doing desultory jobs and setting up an internet firm. Ran for El Paso city council in 2005, winning re-election and serving until 2012. Ran for Congress in 2012, defeating eight-term Democratic incumbent in primary. Gave up seat to run for Senate against Ted Cruz in 2018, losing 51-48

Family: Married to wife Amy Sanders, nine years his junior, with sons Ulysses and Henry, and daughter Molly. Father Pat was long-time El Paso politician who switched from Democrat to Republican; mom Melissa ran family-owned store in city until selling it after IRS probe. Melissa’s stepfather Fred Korth was one of JFK’s secretaries of the Navy. Father-in-law William Saunders is real estate developer estimated to be worth $500 million

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Wants comprehensive immigration reform to give citizenship to ‘dreamers’ and a path to it for their parents, and vehemently opposes Trump’s wall. Supports federal marijuana legalization. Pro-gun control including an assault rifle ban and universal background checks. Supports single-payer health care but with co-pays and has backed Medicaid expansion. Strongly pro-choice. Has hinted at backing breaking up tech giants. Said he would have voted for impeachment in Congress if he had had the chance

Would make history as: No clear claims 

Slogan: To be announced  

TIM RYAN

Age on Inauguration Day: 46

Entered race: April 4, 2019

Career: Currently Ohio congressman. High school football star who got a scholarship to Youngstown State, Ohio, but transferred to nearby Bowling Green University when his career ended in injury. Became a congressional aide, picked up a law degree, then served in the Ohio Senate and when his former House boss Jim Traficant went to prison for fraud ran for his seat in 2002 and won. Has held district – first Ohio 13th then the 17th when Youngstown was redistricted – since with little opposition since. Released book on meditation in 2012 and considered running against Nancy Pelosi for minority leader

Family: Married first grade schoolteacher Andrea Zetts in 2013. Couple had a son, Brady, the following year. Zetts has a daughter, Bella, and a son, Mason, from her first marriage who Ryan says he ‘loves like his own.’ Ryan’s first marriage ended in divorce. He was brought up by his mom Rochelle after she and his father Allen divorced when he was seven

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Moderate who backs Medicare for all. Flipped from anti-abortion to pro-choice in dramatic fashion in 2015. Does not appear to back the Green New Deal but suggests a carbon tax. Spoken up for capitalism but is also pro-union. Advocated for mindfulness teaching in classrooms. Also flipped on gun control from A rating by NRA to strong support of anti-gun measures

Would make history as: Only second sitting congressman elected president – first was James Garfield, also from Ohio, in 1880 

Slogan: To be announced

BERNIE SANDERS

Age on Inauguration Day: 79

Entered race: Sources said on January 25, 2019, that he would form exploratory committee. Officially announced February 19

Career: Currently Vermont senator. Student civil rights and anti-Vietnam activist who moved to Vermont and worked as a carpenter and radical film-maker. Serial failed political candidate in the 1970s, he ran as a socialist for mayor of Burlington in 1980 and served two terms ending in 1989, and win a seat in Congress as an independent in 1990. Ran for Senate in 2006 elections as an independent with Democratic endorsement and won third term in 2018. Challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016 but lost. Campaign has since been hit by allegations of sexual harassment  – for which he has apologized – and criticized for its ‘Bernie bro’ culture

Family: Born to a Jewish immigrant father and the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. First marriage to college sweetheart Deboarah Shiling Messing in 1964 ended in divorce in 1966; had son Levi in 1969 with then girlfriend Susan Cambell Mott. Married Jone O’Meara in 1988 and considers her three children, all adults, his own. The couple have seven grandchildren. His older brother Larry is a former Green Party councilor in Oxfordshire, England. Would be first Jewish president

Religion: Secular Jewish 

Views on key issues: Openly socialist and standard bearer for the Democratic party’s left-turn. Wants federal $15 minimum wage; banks broken up; union membership encouraged; free college tuition; universal health care; re-distributive taxation; he opposed Iraq War and also U.S. leading the fight against ISIS and wants troops largely out of Afghanistan and the Middle East

Would make history as: Oldest person elected president

Slogan: Not me. Us.

JOE SESTAK

Age on Inauguration Day: 69

Entered race: June 23, 2019

Career: U.S. Naval Academy graduate who rose to three-star admiral with assignments including commanding the USS George Washington aircraft carrier battle group and Bill Clinton’s National Security Council’s director for defense policy but clashed with Donald Rumsfeld. Retired and ran as Democrat in Pennsylvania’s 7th district 2006, won and held it until he ran for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat in 2010, losing 51-49 with a margin of 80,229 votes. Ran again in 2016 but lost in primary

Family: Married to wife Susan Clark, a defense and environmental analyst he met on a trip to the then Soviet Union. Daughter Alexandra, born 2004, survived a brain tumor aged four but cancer returned this year. Father Joe Sr. was decorated Navy officer in World War II and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Wants $1 trillion public infrastructure plan; says there is a ‘climate crisis’ and wants green jobs; attacks China for ‘intellectual property theft’ but wants U.S. back in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trump pulled out of; wants Medicare to compete as a ‘public option’ rather than universal health care; also wants back into Iran deal and Paris accord

Would make history as: First veteran president since George H.W. Bush

Slogan: Accountability to America   

ERIC SWALWELL

Age on Inauguration Day: 39

Entered race: Announced on the Stephen Colbert Show, April 8, 2019

Career: College soccer scholar whose sporting career was ended by injury who was a Capitol Hill intern in the building on 9/11. University of Maryland law graduate, served as a prosecutor in Alameda County, CA – where Kamala Harris worked in earlier years. He was elected to Dublin City Council, CA, in 2010 and ran for Congress in California’s 15th District the following year, unseating 20-seat Democrat incumbent through California’s ‘top-two’ system. Number 6 on The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful List in 2014. Won fourth term 73-27 in 2018. Would be only second sitting congressman elected president – first was James Garfield in 1880

Family: Married second wife Brittany Ann Watts, a Ritz-Carlton sales director in 2016, and has a son Nelson and daughter Kathryn. First marriage to Melissa Maranda ended in divorce. Born in Iowa where his father was a police chief who was fired for being too hardline, and brought up in California where the family moved in search of work

Religion: Christian

Views on key issues: Socially-ultra liberal. Has called for mandatory buyback of ‘military-style semi-automatic assault weapons’ and other gun control measures. Supportive of the green new deal but with new jobs guarantee for fossil fuel workers. Wants ‘health-care guarantee’ rather than Medicare for all. Aggressive voice for investigation of Trump

Would make history as: Youngest president ever 

Slogan: Go big. Be bold. Do good.          

ELIZABETH WARREN

Age on Inauguration Day: 71

Entered race:  Set up exploratory committee December 31, 2018

Career: Currently Massachusetts senator. Law lecturer and academic who became an expert on bankruptcy law and tenured Harvard professor. Ran for Senate and won in 2012, defeating sitting Republican Scott Brown, held it in 2018 60% to 36%. Was short-listed to be Hillary’s running mate and campaigned hard for her in 2016

Family: Twice-married mother of two and grandmother of three. First husband and father of her children was her high-school sweetheart. Second husband Bruce Mann is Harvard law professor. Daughter Amelia Tyagi and son Alex Warren have both been involved in her campaigns. Has controversially claimed Native American roots; DNA test suggested she is as little as 1,064th Native American

Religion: Raised Methodist, now described as Christian with no fixed church

Views on key issues: Was a registered Republican who voted for the party but registered as a Democrat in 1996. Pro: higher taxes on rich; banking regulation; Dream Act path to citizenship for ‘dreamers’; abortion and gay rights; campaign finance restrictions; and expansion of public provision of healthcare – although still to spell out exactly how that would happen. Against: U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Syria; liberalization of gambling

Would make history as: First female president 

Slogan: To be announced 

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

Age on Inauguration Day: 68

Entered race: Announced exploratory committee November 15, 2018. Formally entered January 28, 2019

Career: Currently an author, Dropped out of Pomona College, California, became part of the counter culture and anti-war movement and ran a ‘metaphysical bookstore’ before publishing spiritual guide A Return to Love and being praised by Oprah, sending it to number one. Published series of follow-ups and founded AIDS charity and subsequently more non-profits including a peace movement. Ran for Congress in 2014 and lost

Family: Born to immigration attorney father Sam and housewife mother Sophie in Houston, Texas. Married for ‘a minute and a half’ to unnamed man; daughter India was born in 1990 but Williamson declines to name her father

Religion: Jewish

Views on key issues: Wants vast expansion of physical and mental healthcare; and nutrition and lifestyle reforms including ban on marketing processed and sugary foods to children; universal pre-K; much of the Green New Deal’s proposals including a de-carbonized economy, electric cars and rebuilding mass transit; gun control through licensing; wants more vacation time; pro decriminalizing all drugs

Would make history as: First female president 

Slogan: Join the Evolution

ANDREW YANG

Age on Inauguration Day: 46

Entered race: Filed papers November 6, 2018

Career: No current job. Started a dotcom flop then become healthcare and education tech executive who set up nonprofit Venture for America

Family: Married father of two. His parents were both immigrants from Taiwan who met at the University of California, Berkeley, as grad students

Religion: Reformed Church

Views on key issues: Warns of rise of robots and artificial intelligence, wants $1,000 a month universal basic income and social media regulated. Spoke out against male circumcision. Wants a state monitor to crack down on ‘fake news.’

Would make history as: First Asian-American president 

Slogan: Humanity First

AND THOSE WHO’VE ALREADY WITHDRAWN  

RICHARD OJEDA. West Virginia ex- state senator and paratrooper veteran

Entered race: November 12, 2018. Quit: January 25, 2019  

 

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