Who are the 2020 US Democratic presidential candidates?
The pool of candidates vying for their party's nomination in 2020 narrows as the race heats up.United States presidential election, the pool of Democratic candidates vying for their party's nomination continues to shrink. There are now only eight candidates in the race, down from more than 25 earlier this year. The field is likely to continue to shrink as leading candidates pull away in the polls and as the race heats up. So far, the Democrats have held nine debates. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday ahead of South Carolina's primary on Saturday. So far, Senator Bernie Sanders has emerged as the frontrunner, winning the popular vote in the Iowa caucuses, as well as claiming victory in New Hampshire's primary and Nevada caucuses. As the field narrows, here is a look at the current 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls. Joe Biden, 77 Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017 after nearly four decades serving as a senator from Delaware. Biden is the most experienced politician in the race and among the oldest at 77. This will be his third presidential run. His first White House bid in 1987 ended after a plagiarism scandal. In a video announcement of his candidacy posted on Twitter on April 25, Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Biden noted US President Donald Trump 's comments that there were some"very fine people" on both sides of the violent encounter, which left one woman dead. "We are in the battle for the soul of this nation," Biden said."If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation - who we are. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen." Last year, Biden struggled to respond to comments from Lucy Flores, a 2014 lieutenant governor nominee in Nevada, who said he made her uncomfortable by touching her shoulders and kissing the back of her head before a campaign event. Several other women have made . Former Vice President Joe Biden. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) In a video, Biden pledged to be"more mindful" of respecting"personal space", but Flores told Fox News this week that the former senator's jokes on the matter have been"so incredibly disrespectful". The incident is just a glimpse of the harsh vetting from both Democrats and Republicans expected for Biden, who has run for president twice before but never from such a strong political starting position. Last year, he was also repeatedly forced to explain his 1991 decision, as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to allow Anita Hill to face questions about her allegations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas, then a nominee for the Supreme Court. Biden has since apologised for his role in the hearing. But in the #MeToo era, it is another example of why critics believe he may struggle to catch on with the Democratic primary voters of 2020. Biden was also becoming a prominent figure in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of Trump. That probe is centred on a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate Biden and his businessman son, Hunter. Democrats have accused Trump of pressuring Ukraine to find incriminating information on Biden after withholding nearly $400m in US security aid to Ukraine. There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. In December, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives impeached Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The president was acquitted in February. Biden has made all debate stages during this campaign season, but has struggled to maintain his early momentum. Michael Bloomberg, 77 Michael Bloomberg served as New York City mayor from 2002 to 2013. The 77-year-old billionaire who entered the race in November is foregoing the four states with the earliest primaries and caucuses, focusing instead on states like California that vote on Super Tuesday. "We cannot afford four more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions," the former mayor said, announcing his candidacy."He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage." Many have criticised Bloomberg for his run, accusing him of trying to buy the presidency. "I understand that rich people are going to have more shoes than the rest of us, they're going to have more cars than the rest of us, they're going to have more houses," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, a frontrunner. Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg leaves the stage after talking to supporters at a rally. (AFP) Michael Bloomberg served as New York City mayor from 2002 to 2013. The 77-year-old billionaire who entered the race in November is foregoing the four states with the earliest primaries and caucuses, focusing instead on states like C alifornia that vote on Super Tuesday. "We cannot afford four more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions," the former mayor said, announcing his candidacy."He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage." Many have criticised Bloomberg for his run, accusing him of trying to buy the presidency. "I understand that rich people are going to have more shoes than the rest of us, they're going to have more cars than the rest of us, they're going to have more houses," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, a frontrunner. Senator even before his formal announcement. "I'm disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy elections," Sanders tweeted amid speculation Bloomberg would enter the race. I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy elections. If you can’t build grassroots support for your candidacy, you have no business running for president. Read more: News24
Budget 2020: Sovereign Wealth Fund to be formedTito Mboweni says said R30-billion will go towards the Sovereign Wealth Fund. Minus the wealth 😂😂😂 chinafrica1 'Possible funding sources, such as the proceeds of spectrum allocation, petroleum, gas or minerals rights royalties, the sale of non-core state assets, future fiscal surpluses and money we set aside.' How about those tax heavens resources plummeting african net worth overall? More looting?
Cosatu slams Tito Mboweni Budget Speech 2020Cosatu branded Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's BudgetSpeech2020 budget 'provocative' and his plans to curb the civil service wage bill an unwarranted attack on workers. That's what they were campaigning for in 2019 election so stop making us stupid For South Africa to get back to winning, in economy, sports, innovation.... We have to get rid of Unions just like China is getting rid of coronavirus;_cosatu Zwelinzima1, IrvinJimSA are our own coronavirus! Government is using up over a third of our entire budget on its own wages... So there's no money left for bricks after you've paid the bricklayer's wages? And you continue to pay him every month to sit and wait for bricks that are never coming? How screwed up is this logic?
Budget 2020: What’s up, what’s down, what stayed the sameIncome tax is down by R2bn, and VAT stays the same at 15% – that’s the headline news from the Budget. Whatever money is needed for the country to recognise raping children as a CRIME and not a Mental Dysfunction like DSM says, can we get it please. No one must EVER go for psych evaluation after raping a child like we saw happen last year.
Budget 2020: Sympathy for Mboweni from opposition as Cosatu rattles sabers - The Mail & GuardianBudget2020: Opposition parties have mainly welcomed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech, saying he did not have much room to manoeuvre. That's a first...
Budget 2020 — Tito squares up to unions with wage cuts - The Mail & GuardianFinance minister warns “we cannot have all things we want at the same time” and tables cuts in things like the public wage bill in a R1.84 trillion budget. Budget2020 Even 🤣🤣🤣 'Even the executives will not be getting salary increase.' tito_mboweni How to cut the cost: 1. Get rid of all deputy ministers. 2. Get rid of House of traditional leaders. 3. Get rid of car and cellphones allowances for all Mps and ministers. 4. Stop paying for Mps accommodations. 5. Stop feeding the Mps.
LIVE BLOG: Fin Min Tito Mboweni presents the 2020 budget - The Mail & GuardianThe budget is usually scheduled for the second-last Wednesday in February, and the ratings agencies deliver their decisions after assessing the country’s plans for the fiscal year ahead