Progressives are urging 2020 Democratic candidates to consider running for Senate — instead of president

Progressives are urging 2020 Democratic candidates to consider running for Senate — instead of president
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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:

  1. Steve Bullock
  2. Michael Bennet
  3. Joe Biden
  4. Cory Booker
  5. Pete Buttigieg
  6. Julian Castro
  7. John Delaney
  8. Tulsi Gabbard
  9. Kirsten Gillibrand
  10. Mike Gravel
  11. Kamala Harris
  12. John Hickenlooper
  13. Jay Inslee
  14. Amy Klobuchar
  15. Wayne Messam
  16. Seth Moulton
  17. Beto O’Rourke
  18. Tim Ryan
  19. Bernie Sanders
  20. Eric Swalwell
  21. Elizabeth Warren
  22. Marianne Williamson
  23. Andrew Yang

Daniel Nichanian offers this example:

And here's a look at some others urging Democrats to withdraw from the presidential race and run for Senate:

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