12 candidates are in the running for the 2020 presidential race. 

By Kimberly Truong
Jan 14, 2020 @ 10:15 am

With Senator Cory Booker and Marianne Williamson announcing that they'd be exiting the primary race, the list of Democratic candidates running for president has just gotten a little shorter. 

However, with 12 candidates still in the running, the race is wide open ahead of the first Democratic debate of the year, and of course, the upcoming primaries. 

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Read on for a refresher on every Democratic candidate in the running, and their key issues. 


Michael Bennet

Age: 55

Current/Former Role: Colorado Senator since 2009

Key Issues: Bennet’s platform focuses on education, vowing to commit to “delivering a quality education for every American” and pledging to ensure equal access to high-quality education by 2028.

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Joe Biden

Age: 77

Current/Former Role: Former Vice President, former six-term senator from Delaware

Key Issues: According to Biden, his vision is to assert America’s role as a global leader, and to protect and build on the Affordable Care Act. He’s also spoken about rebuilding the middle class and protecting the right to vote.

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Michael Bloomberg

Age: 77

Current Role: Billionaire media executive and philanthropist, former New York City mayor

Key Issues: Bloomberg has spoken out about gun control and addressed climate change as top priorities. A key part of his campaign is the idea of defeating Donald Trump.

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Pete Buttigieg

Age: 37

Current/Former Role: Former mayor of South Bend, Ind., former intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve

Key Issues: Buttigieg’s campaign has said they are pushing for generational change, and calls for a new era in American politics. He has called for creating more seats on the Supreme Court, and supports the implementation of a Green New Deal

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John Delaney

Age: 55

Current/Former Role: Former U.S. Representative for Maryland

Key Issues: Delaney has focused on uniting “our divided nation,” and he has pledged to "do only bipartisan proposals” in his first 100 days in office. 

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Tulsi Gabbard

Age: 38

Current/Former Role: Congresswoman representing Hawaii’s Second district

Key Issues: The first female combat veteran to run for president, Gabbard’s platform aims to end wars abroad and ensure peacebuilding. 

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Amy Klobuchar

Age: 59

Current/Former Role: Senator from Minnesota since 2007

Key Issues: Klobuchar has unveiled a plan for her first 100 days that includes getting the U.S. back on the International Climate Agreement, protecting voting rights, and raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. She has also championed legislation to fight the opioid crisis.

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Deval Patrick

Age: 63

Current/Former Role: Former governor of Massachusetts

Key Issues: Patrick has vowed to invest in public schools, grow the economy, and provide high-quality healthcare by expanding a public option within the Affordable Care Act. He has also pledged to reform immigration by overhauling (but not abolishing) ICE. 

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Bernie Sanders

Age: 78

Current/Former Role: Senator from Vermont

Key Issues: A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders has emphasized Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, and tuition-free public college. He has also advocated for the Green New Deal, as well as expanding social security. 


Tom Steyer

Age: 62

Current/Former Role: Billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist

Key Issues: Steyer’s platform is focused primarily on addressing climate change, breaking corporations’ influence on the government, and expanding access to the ballot box.

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Elizabeth Warren

Age: 70

Current/Former Role: Senator from Massachusetts since 2013

Key Issues: The candidate who famously “has a plan for that,” Warren has prioritized tackling corruption in Washington, canceling student loan debt, and creating a wealth tax. 

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Andrew Yang

Age: 45

Current/Former Role: Former technology executive

Key Issues: Yang has said he wants to give every American a “universal basic income” of $1,000 a month, and has advocated for Medicare For All.