A few days ago, presidential elections were held in Ukraine and, although their result has not been officially announced yet.
At the same time, more than a year has left before the US presidential elections, but they promise to be no less interesting since the number of people wishing to compete with the country's current leader is growing every day and has already reached two dozen.
Without Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg
The US electoral system is as old and very confused, so Americans begin to prepare for presidential elections, which are held in five stages, in no less than a year and a half.
Most often, candidates are nominated from the two most popular political parties (Democratic and Republican) during the primaries. But the countdown of the electoral process begins with the adoption of a personal decision to run for еру elections.
Donald Trump would no longer compete in the presidential election with former US First Lady Hillary Clinton, who became a worthy competitor from the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections.
"I do not stand for office, but I will continue my work," she told the local press.
This might be incomprehensible to the Ukrainians, but it is not surprising for the Americans. The last politician in US history who was successfully elected as a president after losing an election was Richard Nixon. He lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960 but won the election in 1968 and 1972.
Clinton is far from the only one who has already refused to fight with him for the presidency.
The same decision was made:
Michael Bloomberg, ex-mayor of New York, billionaire;
Sherrod Brown, Senator from Ohio;
Andrew Gillum, ex-mayor of Tallahassee;
Oprah Winfrey, one of the most influential celebrities and social activists;
Eric Holder, former US Attorney General;
Jeff Merkley, US Senator from Oregon.
Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris are in
Nevertheless, the American presidential race promises to be extremely interesting, if only because the number of people wishing to take part in it grows with each passing day.
According to the latest BBC data, 16 Democrats have already announced their plans to run for the elections, including the Vermont senator, a former presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Bernie Sanders, and the rising star, California senator Kamala Harris.
Seven of them are progressive Democrats, and another four are centrist Democrats.
In addition, among those who expressed a desire to run for president, there is a large majority of women (six) and minorities representatives (seven).
A Vermont senator, a former presidential candidate in the 2016 elections — then he lost the primaries of the Democratic Party to Hillary Clinton, but repeatedly said that he would come forward again, and he kept that promise.
He calls himself a democratic socialist stands for universal health care and free higher education, which is why he enjoys great popularity.
In 2020, he will be 79 years old, and if he wins, he will become the oldest president in US history. But many doubt that this is real because three years ago he pushed the Democratic Party to the left and amassed competitors in the person of former allies – Elizabeth Warren and Tulsi Gabbard. They can steal a part of the electorate from him.
Massachusetts senator, Wall Street critic, a favorite of the progressive left since she entered the political arena to promote tighter regulation of the financial sector after the 2008 crisis.
In the upper house of Congress, she passionately interrogated the Wall Street executives and criticized income inequality.
Her main problem is the expansion of the base of supporters.
A congresswoman from the state of Hawaii, a veteran of the war in Iraq, a representative of minorities (a native of American Samoa of Polynesian origin), the first in the history of Congresswoman professing Hinduism.
She criticized the entry of American troops into Syria, calling it "an illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government." In January 2017, she even met with Bashar Assad, for which she was seriously criticized.
She is a Democrat from the progressive camp, but inconsistent in her opinions – first, she criticized "homosexual extremists" and then began to support same-sex marriage; opposed abortion, and then started supporting them.
If the Democratic Party needs a young, charismatic politician, the 37-year-old Gabbard is quite suitable.
The senator from California has every chance of becoming a new face of the Democratic Party; she is called a rising star of the corresponding political force.
Enjoys the support of minorities, as she is the daughter of immigrants (her father came from Jamaica, mother migrated from India).
In addition, she is the only black female senator who consistently supported congressional liberals.
Her main disadvantage is the experience of the Attorney General of California. Harris did not succeed in reforming the state’s criminal system, which caused a storm of criticism.
Senator from Minnesota, lawyer, a former prosecutor.
She demonstrated cool professionalism at the hearing on the approval of the candidature of Brett Kavanaugh for the position of the Supreme Court judge; he was accused of sexual harassment.
She positioned herself as a person capable of "resisting and not being nasty," but she herself was accused of insulting her subordinates.
Experts believe that Klobuchar’s robust, rational political views can attract a majority of Democratic voters who are more interested in choice than ideological purity.
Senator from New Jersey, one of the best young political politicians, an expert in fundraising, supported by minorities and those who want to see new faces in politics.
Booker knows how to work with donors on Wall Street, but this closeness to New York and big money arouses suspicion among Left Democrats.
Former Minister of Housing and Urban Development in the Barack Obama administration, former mayor of San Antonio, Texas.
If he had run for president several years ago, he could have received a lot of support, but now his name is not widely known, unlike the other candidates.
Of its main advantages is his Mexican origin and age (44 years), since Democrats are interested in the Latin American electorate and young voters.
Senator from New York, an activist of #MeToo movement. Most likely, as a presidential candidate, he will be eliminated, because even before the start of the election campaign, he angered the Democrats by calling for the resignation of Senator Al Franken amid allegations of sexual harassment.
She is also unpleasant for supporters of Hillary Clinton (her criticism of the behavior of Bill Clinton during the scandal with Monica Lewinsky).
Mayor of South Bend (Indiana), a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, an open gay and millenial candidate.
He was first elected mayor when he was not yet 30. He promises that his generation will be the first, "which in material terms will not live better than our parents – if nothing changes."
A former technology entrepreneur, a congressman from Maryland. He became the first among those who declared participation in the presidential campaign of 2020.
He calls for interparty cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. Considering how divided they are now, the tactic is not the most successful one, but experts believe that if he uses his time wisely, he will be able to get some support from voters.
The author of the bestsellers, the head of a charitable organization, is proud of the fact that her books are read by TV presenter Oprah Winfrey.
She has a chance to realize her plan to “study more deeply the issues that the US faces as a nation” if Oprah Winfrey herself does not go to the polls.
The lawyer, a technology entrepreneur, ambassador for global entrepreneurship under President Obama. Enjoys the support of minorities due to his Taiwanese origin.
He offered the US government to pay $ 1,000 each month to all Americans from 18 to 64 years old as basic unconditional income. This was supposed to be a “safety cushion” in the event of a reduction in the number of jobs due to automation.
He is considered the candidate of “one idea,” and the success of his campaign depends on whether he can convince the Democrats of the correctness of this idea.
The former governor of Colorado, a moderate Democrat, he calls himself "an antidote against Trump."
His main achievements are toughening control over the circulation of weapons, expanding health insurance, protecting gay rights, and protecting the environment.
Governor of Washington, an opponent of Trump's climate policy. As a congressman, he talked a lot about the problems of global warming and the environment.
He expands health insurance in his state, increases the minimum wage, introduces paid sick leave.
He is considered a strong candidate, the only difficulty is the expansion of the base of supporters.
Member of the United States House of Representatives from the 16th Texas Constituency.
Last year, he was a candidate for the United States Democratic Party for the post of the senator from the same state, but he lost to the current senator, Republican Ted Cruz. His knowledge of Spanish attracts Latin Americans, and his interest in skateboard, rock music and vigor attracts the youth.
Mayor of Miramar in southern Florida, a former athlete, and entrepreneur. Enjoys the support of minorities since he is the son of Jamaican immigrants. Focused on the idea of the "American dream."
Experts believe that of all the named candidates for the presidency of the state, Messam has the most miserable chances.
Some of the most-discussed US presidential candidates still do not reveal their plans.
One of them is former US Vice President Joe Biden. He is an experienced politician, Trump's opponent. Biden has a rather respectable age of 76 years.
He ran for president in 1998 and 2008 but did not submit his candidacy in 2016 due to the death of his son.
If he went to the polls in 2020, he could instantly gain more support; he is supported by the white voters of the working and middle class.
Some believe that the recent allegations of sexual harassment of a politician are related to the fact that Biden is considering taking part in the presidential race.
In addition to Biden, the question of whether to run for president or not is still relevant for at least 16 people:
Stacey Abrams, lawyer, and writer, who was a minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2011 – 2017;
Bill De Blasio, New York Mayor;
Howard Schultz, Starbucks head;
Mitch Landrieu, ex-mayor of New Orleans;
John Kerry, former Massachusetts senator;
Tim Ryan, Ohio Congressman;
Dwayne Johnson, wrestler, actor and film producer;
Tim Kaine, Virginia Senator;
Mark Cuban, billionaire;
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Governor;
Mark Warner, ex-governor of Virginia;
Steve Bullock, Montana Governor;
Michael Bennett, Senator from Colorado;
Eric Swalwell, California Congressman;
Jason Kander, US Army veteran and former Secretary of State of Missouri;
Seth Moulton, a congressman from Massachusetts.
Of these, Schultz, Johnson, and Kuban are the most popular. They are called “wild cards” or jokers of the upcoming political race.