2020 Candidate Profiles

Page Last Updated March 5, 2020

Democratic Candidates

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Joseph Biden, Delaware’s longest-serving senator, was first elected in 1972, at age 29 (he reached the constitutional age of 30 by the time he took office); he has spent most of his life as a senator. Biden grew up in the suburbs of Wilmington in a middle-class home; his father was a car salesman and one grandfather was a… (Click here for full profile.)

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, first elected in 2012, was one of the first two female combat veterans and the first Hindu in Congress. At home and in Washington, she has been outspoken and independent. Her occasional freelancing on national security issues has generated bipartisan criticism. As a prominent… (Click here for full profile.)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

In late 2013, when independent Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s junior senator, introduced “Medicare for All” legislation, he did so without a single co-sponsor. When Sanders again introduced the bill–which calls for private health insurance to be supplanted by a government-run single-payer plan–in late 2017… (Click here for full profile.)


Republican Candidates

President Donald Trump

[ESSAY] Every American president has been unique — and, to a greater or lesser extent, different from what was expected when he was elevated to the office. George Washington, elected unanimously, was a symbol of the new nation’s unity — and yet two philosophically and personally polarized political parties… (Click here for full profile.)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld

Bill Weld, former two-term Governor of Massachusetts, is running for President. He is campaigning on a message of “Leadership America Deserves.” Weld does not see a “better start” occurring under the current presidential leadership. He has critiqued President Trump over the treatment of U.S. allies, unraveling… (Click here for full profile.)


Some profiles are provided by The Almanac of American Politics. For more information, visit www.thealmanacofamericanpolitics.com