2020 presidential election: Who can beat Trump?

Cyril Josh Barker | 1/31/2019, 1:07 p.m.
As the 2020 presidential election approaches liftoff, the ever-growing pool of candidates in the Democratic Party wants to put the ...

As the 2020 presidential election approaches liftoff, the ever-growing pool of candidates in the Democratic Party wants to put the brakes on the Trump Train.

As of this week, seven candidates in the Democratic Party declared their candidacy: South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former HUD Secretary and former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas Julián Castro; Maryland Rep. John Delaney; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; California Sen. Kamala Harris; and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Several other notables have floated the idea of throwing their hats in the race, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

However, the question remains, who will be able to beat President Donald Trump in 2020 to prevent him from getting a second term? Out of the seven candidates who have declared, four are women.

Fresh off a media blitz and an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, where she officially announced her candidacy, and a televised town hall on CNN, Harris wasted no time in letting America know she’s ready to lead and make history as the first Black woman elected president.

“I love my country. And one of the reasons is that we are a country that was founded on noble ideals,” Harris said. “We were founded on the ideals that were behind the writing of the Constitution of the United States and its amendments, and the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, those words we spoke in 1776 that we are all and should be treated as equals. And I believe in those ideals.”

But can Harris be the one to save the nation from another four years? Several Black leaders say she has what it takes.

“On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Newspaper Publishers Association salutes the outstanding courage and leadership of Sen. Kamala Harris as she upholds and embodies the spirit and courage of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by announcing her candidacy for president of the United States,” said NNPA president and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

However, recent polls suggest that voters don’t know who they will support. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released this week found that 56 percent of Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents don’t know who they will support in the 2020 election.

However, in the same poll, 56 percent of Americans said they would “definitely not vote for” Trump and 28 percent said they stand firm on voting for him. Experts believe that Trump’s approval rating took a dive amid the government shutdown.

“Democrats have been so reactive, so anti-45, that they’ve not spun out a positive agenda,” said author and political commentator Dr. Julianne Malveaux. “Oh, they say they stand for a living wage, for criminal justice reform, for access to health care and education, for racial economic justice (actually, they didn’t say that I did) and more. But too often, Democrats have gone with the status quo instead of looking at the changing needs of our nation.”

However, a recent Quinnipiac poll says that Biden has a chance of winning among Democrats. He received an 84-7 percent favorability rating among Democrats and a 60-21 percent rating among voters 18 to 34 years old.

“For Democrats gearing up for 2020, it’s Biden and Bernie, with Beto looking for a foothold and Hillary wondering if the train has finally left the station,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Former Vice President Joseph Biden leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders among Democrats and young voters, while soon to be ex-U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is way back.”