Democrats are soldiering toward the midterm elections in 2018, but whoever proves strongest in opposing President Donald Trump figures to lead a growing field of potential 2020 presidential candidates for the opposition party, The New York Times reported Sunday.
“I want a party strong enough to take on the hard job of cleaning up the mess they’ll leave behind once they are gone,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., told the Nevada Democratic Party in Reno, per the Times.
The Times wrote that Warren has all but raised her hand in wanting the nomination in 2020, while former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., remain firmly in the mix among Trump resistance leaders.
“All five have been traveling the country, raising money for Democrats and gauging the appeal of their personalities and favorite themes,” the Times’ Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin wrote. “As a group, they are a strikingly heterogeneous array of rivals for Mr. Trump, embodying the Democratic Party’s options for defining itself: They are distinguished by gender and race, span three decades in age, and traverse the ideological and tonal spectrum between combative Democratic socialism and consensus-minded incrementalism.”
The race to become the front-runner is wide open, according to veteran Democratic strategist Anita Dunn.
“The opportunity for somebody to emerge and catch a wave hasn’t been this high since 1976,” she told the Times.
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