Progressives are urging 2020 Democratic candidates to consider running for Senate — instead of president
With the entrance Tuesday of Montana Democratic Governor Steve Bullock in the 2020 presidential race, Democratic voters are urging the nearly two dozen White House hopefuls to reconsider their campaigns and set their sights on a Senate seat instead of the Oval Office.
Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted his strategy was to wait for all the other Democrats to enter the race before declaring his candidacy. That was nearly three weeks ago, and two more candidates have since announced their candidacy.
Some Americans, presumably Democrats, are taking to Twitter to urge some of the 23-candidate strong field to reconsider, and run for the Senate instead. Others are made a plea asking party favorites, like Stacey Abrams, to run for Senate.
It's not an unreasonable request for candidates who want to serve the public.
The 2020 elections will include 34 U.S. Senate seats. 22 of them are currently held by Republicans, and many Republicans are rather unpopular, especially those who have tied their fates to President Donald Trump.
And given that the Senate is currently under the control of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, many on the left desperately want to grab control of the chamber. McConnell has greatly enabled President Trump, and is packing the federal courts with his extremist nominees, and at a rate not seen in modern history. He's also said many bills from the Democratically-controlled House will be DOA, bragging he will be the "Grim Reaper."
Here's the current list of 23 top tier Democrats running for President. In bold are seven current sitting U.S. Senators:
- Steve Bullock
- Michael Bennet
- Joe Biden
- Cory Booker
- Pete Buttigieg
- Julian Castro
- John Delaney
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Kirsten Gillibrand
- Mike Gravel
- Kamala Harris
- John Hickenlooper
- Jay Inslee
- Amy Klobuchar
- Wayne Messam
- Seth Moulton
- Beto O’Rourke
- Tim Ryan
- Bernie Sanders
- Eric Swalwell
- Elizabeth Warren
- Marianne Williamson
- Andrew Yang
Daniel Nichanian offers this example:
@MonmouthPoll Bullock 0% Delaney 0% Gabbard 0% Gillibrand 0% Williamson 0% Bennet 0% Castro 0% de Blasio 0% Gravel… https://t.co/BexkqG98JH— Political Polls (@Political Polls) 1557429381.0
And here's a look at some others urging Democrats to withdraw from the presidential race and run for Senate:
There are only four or five Dems that have any shot at the nomination. Probably fewer than that. If you are one of… https://t.co/eZnlE5QPsx— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1557860093.0
Can some of these folks running for president PLEASE run for Senate instead?— Holy Bullies (@Holy Bullies) 1557866617.0
🚨 ATTENTION 👖 DEMOCRATIC PARTY 🗣 WHITE MEN 💵 ITCHING FOR 🇺🇸 NATIONAL 🧐 ATTENTION forget about the presidency.… https://t.co/HhIOQ47CE4— Liza Sabater 🇵🇷👸🏾🌹 (@Liza Sabater 🇵🇷👸🏾🌹) 1557855690.0
Dear Democrats: YOU'RE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO RUN FOR SENATE INSTEAD OF PRESIDENT.— Willow 🍞+🎪 (@Willow 🍞+🎪) 1557841494.0
Beto, just fucking run for Senate, my dude. Everybody will go back to loving you, I promise.— Henry Kraemer 🌹🌇🚎 (@Henry Kraemer 🌹🌇🚎) 1557868539.0
Beto is polling at 2%. He could beat Cornyn in TX. Hickenlooper is polling at 1%. He could beat Gardner in CO. Bull… https://t.co/RRRwfL2mG5— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1557644381.0
Beto: you’re job here is done. You paved the way for Buttigieg. Now back home and run for Senate instead.— John Bechard (@John Bechard) 1557872785.0
Republican Steve Daines of Montana is up for reelection. Fucking run for Senate, not president, @GovernorBullock— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit) 1557771219.0
@staceyabrams Yes! Run for the senate— Carol Layne (@Carol Layne) 1557874651.0
@MorganJerkins Alphabetically: 1. Who’s that? 2. Biden 3. Go get ‘em Cory Booker! 4. ... and who’s that? 5. Mayor… https://t.co/QBpBIC05sY— Nancy Koerner (@Nancy Koerner) 1557874469.0
Dem 2020 candidates ranked: 23. You 22. cannot 21. rank 20. them 19. because 18. WHY 17. ON 16. EARTH 15. ARE 14. T… https://t.co/WyAkvYw9eK— Cameron Walkup (@Cameron Walkup) 1557854183.0