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Politico: Long-Shots Take Aim at 2020 White House Run

Politico: Long-Shots Take Aim at 2020 White House Run

By    |   Monday, 01 January 2018 01:04 PM

A number of lesser-known names are ramping up to run for president against Donald Trump in 2020, Politico reports.

"It's probably a combination of, 'If Trump can do it' . . . but also alarm at the direction of the country, and thinking, 'I've got to step up and add my voice,'" said Lincoln Chaffee, a former Rhode Island governor who ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Early potential candidates have flooded into Iowa and New Hampshire, with long-shot hopefuls instead of the usual senators and governors, Politico reported.

"We need new people and ideas," said Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., who has announced in July he is running, per Politico. "Whether you're a governor, a senator, or a member of the House of Representatives, that's really irrelevant to voters.

"I'm the right person for the job, but no one knows who I am," Delaney said in Politico, which noted he has held more than 90 events in Iowa and New Hampshire since announcing his candidacy.

Politico reported the list of potential Democratic candidates has grown beyond 40, including senators, governors, congressman, and 10 or more former lawmakers, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, and former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.

The Democratic presidential nominee has been either a senator or governor for the past nine decades — but about half of the potential contenders have no political experience and are under age 45, Politico's report said.

Funding a bare-bones campaign is easier thanks to online fundraising tools, and with Trump's election, the political costs of going against political tradition seems to have decreased, the report said.

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, who made underdog runs at the presidency in 2004 and 2008, said more candidates are likely to emerge.

"While you may see 40 candidates right now, by the time 2019 comes, you may see 80," Kucinich said in Politico.

Ed Rendell, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, said former vice president Joe Biden could defeat Trump. Biden would "win overwhelmingly" against Trump in 2020, Rendell said in an interview with John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday.

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