The first nominating contest of the 2020 presidential election season is set to commence in less than three weeks.
There will be no more debates between now and then, just simple on-the-ground campaigning from Democratic candidates before the Iowa Caucus takes place on February 4.
As we approach that date, tensions are running high. A rivalry between two top-tier progressives, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, is causing a commotion in the race. So, too, are concerns that some candidates (particularly former vice president Joe Biden, as well as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg) are too moderate to energize the Democratic voter base in the 2020 general election against current Republican President Donald Trump.
These are valid concerns, and should be discussed in the debate among the candidates. But we should also hit the reset button real quick, and realize that any candidate — from the moderates to those on the left end of the party’s beliefs and values — represents a positive vision for our country, and would be a much better choice than the current occupant of the White House is.
The American voting public want proactive action on climate change. They want a healthcare system that ensures every person has access to affordable care, and one that guarantees a woman’s right to choose what’s best for her own body. They want reasonable gun reforms that will address a number of issues, ranging from mass shootings to suicide prevention.
Americans want to make secondary education more attainable. They want a foreign policy that isn’t adversarial to our nation’s allies, and that shuns dictatorial interests that seek to do us harm.
Leading progressive groups are issuing a call for unity as the public rift between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren widens ahead of the first round of Democratic presidential primary voting. https://t.co/jiJexsWhAV
— CNN (@CNN) January 16, 2020
Perhaps most notably of all, Americans want a president that they can be proud of — one that can be an example for their children to live up to, a cooperative spirit who doesn’t engage in name-calling and rhetoric that legitimizes extremist elements in our nation.
Every Democrat running supports these issues, to some extent or another, and would, by leaps and bounds, be a president with a better temperament than Trump.
Yes, the conversations between Democratic candidates and their supporters — questioning who would be the best person for the job, as well as who is the most likely to defeat the incumbent — need to be robust, which at times may make some uncomfortable or even angry. But no matter who wins these nomination contests in the months ahead, supporters need to fixate on the overall goal of fixing the wrongs that have come about in the past few years.
There are a lot of them, to be sure, and whoever wins the nomination must be up for the job ahead of them. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like there’s a single Democrat in the race right now who isn’t up for the job. Even if your top choice doesn’t win, there’s reason for optimism, no matter who the eventual candidate ends up being.