I’m Vox Senior correspondent Matt Yglesias. I’ve been reporting on the policies of the 25 Democrats running for president in 2020. Ask me anything.
Hi, reddit! I’m Matthew Yglesias, Senior Correspondent at Vox, and co-host of The Weeds podcast. I also spend time in The Weeds Facebook group chatting about politics and policy. I’ve spent fifteen years covering politics and economic policy often with a focus on internecine Democratic Party fights, so I’m excited to see eleven million different Democrats running for president. (Ok ok, there are actually 25.)
The 2020 election ramps up this week with the first Democratic debate, split into two nights to accommodate the 20 candidates who qualified for the debate stage.
Whoever emerges from the Democratic primary will face Trump, who has already raised more than $100 million for reelection to a second term. Recent history tells us Americans usually give their presidents another four years. That should lend Trump an advantage. But the president has been historically unpopular during his first term, and the US economy — typically at the top of voters’ minds — has stumbled lately.
Many Democratic voters don’t yet have fully formed opinions of the presumed candidates, even the “big” names: the Beto O’Rourkes, Kamala Harrises, Cory Bookers. The potential nominees with substantial name recognition are Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, two older white men in a diversifying party.
We have a long way to go, in other words. It’s silly to pretend anybody knows how this campaign is going to end, and the 2016 election should have humbled all political prognosticators. Still, the 2020 campaign has already started.
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