Primary 2020: Who's Running, Who's Testing the Political Waters in N.H. & Elsewhere
For months now, speculation has been growing about who will run in the Democratic and Republican Presidential primaries, fueled by politicians' visits to such states as New Hampshire and Iowa. The list of potential Democratic contenders appears long and includes Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts. Only a few Republicans who have made names for themselves as critics of President Trump appear on the list so far as possible opponents of Trump, including Ohio Governor John Kasich. Join us for a preview of the 2020 primary contest.
Anna Brown - Director of Research and Analysis, Citizens Count, a non-partisan non-profit organization promoting civic engagement. Visit their election page, which includes profiles of all state/federal candidates in NH
Chris Galdieri - Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Anselm College.
Brianne Pfannenstiel - Politics reporter at the Des Moines Register. Pfannenstiel writes that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who launched an exploratory committee this week, plans to visit Iowa this weekend.
Paul Steinhauser - N.H. Political Reporter. See some of Paul's coverage below.
This show broadcasts Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. and rebroadcasts at 7 p.m.
From Paul Steinhauser:
- A Trio of Democratic Hopefuls Visit N.H.: John Delaney, Jay Inslee, Jeff Merkley.
- Senator Jeff Flake has made a name for himself as a critic of President Trump's -- and for his involvement in helping to pave the way for an FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
- Some possible Presidential contenders for 2020 made it to N.H. for the fall midterm push, but many did not, according to Terry Shumaker, a Manchester-based attorney and Democratic activist.
- Paul is a regular commentator on The Hill.
Among the Democrats who may run for President:
- This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a major step toward a possible 2020 run.
- Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has made several visits to N.H.
- Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro spoke in February with NHPR's Morning Edition.
Among the Republicans who have been considered possible opponents of Trump's in a GOP primary:
- At an event at the N.H. Institute of Politics, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona called himself an endangered species of conservative: Americanus Never-Trumps, subgenus RINO."
- Ohio Governor John Kasich is reportedly weighing his options for a Presidential bid.
- Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has criticized the President on tarriffs, among other policies and matters.
Meanwhile, some Republicans appear worried that the turmoil surrounding the Trump Administration could make President Trump vulnerable in a 2020 bid for re-relection.