With climate catastrophe, nuclear holocaust, runaway inequality, and the collapse of democracy breathing down our necks, only progressive politicians seem to offer solutions that ascend to the challenge. So, here’s my comprehensive list of the most progressive political candidates of 2020, beginning with progressive presidential candidates. All contenders within the pages of this list are ultimate progressives. With no fooling around, they meet BOTH the following criteria:
- No corporate money
- Full support of Medicare for All
Last updated on June 10, 2019
- No Corporate Money
- Medicare for All: Full Support
- Progressive Candidates 2020 Nationwide; a Multi-Page List
- Progressive Presidential Candidates
- National & State Progressive Candidates
- Democratic Primary Debates
- Further Candidate Research
- Progressive Candidate & Policy News Feed
No Corporate Money
It’s vital for American voters to elect public servants who accept NO corporate money. Our representatives must be free of conflicts of interest. They must be free to serve the public, without obligation to wealthy donors.
How may we evaluate a candidate’s freedom from Big Money? First, he or she refuses to accept corporate PAC money. They also abstain from fund-raising dinners and events that target wealthy individuals or special interest groups (a practice called “bundling”). They certainly do not consult with Wall Street executives before launching a political campaign. And they have a record that shows fund-raising behaviors that are consistent with professed values — for at least one previous election cycle, if an incumbent. (See OpenSecrets.)
Medicare for All: Full Support
Full support of Medicare for All is considered to be the “litmus test” of genuine progressive politicians. Many (so-called) progressives claim they support it, but how can we tell if they’re sincere?
First, take note of the difference in meaning between phrases like “health care for all,” “access to affordable health care,” “pubic option,” “protecting the ACA,” or making incremental “steps toward” some kind of universal health care — compared to clear-cut support for Medicare for All. The substitute phrases always indicate a watered-down version of Medicare for All.
Second, in the real deal, Medicare for All eliminates insurance companies from our health care system. Because health care is a human right, and need, its provision is incompatible with a free-market business model. For, when it comes to buying health insurance, what choice does the consumer really have? Without it, you face great risk of disability and/or early death. The health insurance industry actually serves a captive market. Medicare for All ends this dilemma.
Progressive Candidates 2020 Nationwide; a Multi-Page List
Progressive presidential candidates are featured right here, on the hub page of the list. To see which progressive candidates are running for U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, as well as state Senate or House seats, scroll to the state links below.
A brief platform summary lets you quickly see the full range of policies that a candidate supports. For more detail, click on a candidate’s name in order to link to his or her campaign website.
This list is a living document. Check back often. Until the 2020 election takes place, it will be frequently updated.
Progressive Presidential Candidates
The following 2020 progressive candidates are running for the office of U.S. President. Their campaigns are divorced from corporate money, and they fully support Medicare for All.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With disappointment, I removed several presidential candidates from the list: Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. In each case, they revealed a weak stance on Medicare for All, as in keeping the ACA and/or private medical insurers. Such concessions would not only undermine the architecture of Medicare for All, but they’re a subservient signal to greedy, for-profit corporations. Perhaps unwittingly, these candidates have bowed to the health insurance industry, Big Pharma, and the far-right wing of the Democratic Party. There’s little reason to hope any of them would be able to stand-up to other powerful special interest groups, once in office.
Alan Augustson for President
Alan Augustson (G) – “Reboot America.” Alan Augustson supports… Universal Health Coverage (i.e., Medicare for All) • Abortion and Women’s Issues • Military Budget Cuts • Ending Corporate Welfare • Civil Rights • Gun Control • Public Education • Climate Action • Big Money Out of Politics • Immigration Reform • Rebuilding Infrastructure • LGBT Rights • Veteran Benefits • Affordable Housing • Accepts No Corporate Money
Roland Arango for President
Roland Arango (G) – “Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All.” Roland Arango supports… Single-Payer Healthcare (i.e. Medicare for All) • Military Budget Cuts • Grassroots Democracy • Non-Violent Foreign Policy (diplomacy first) • Social Justice and Equal Opportunity • Decentralization of Wealth and Power • Feminism and Gender Equality • Climate Action • Accepts No Corporate Money
Bill de Blasio for President
Bill de Blasio (D) – “Working people first.” Bill de Blasio announced his run for President on May 16, 2019. His campaign website and official platform is currently unavailable. However, based on de Blasio’s New York City record as Mayor, and his campaign ad, we may anticipate that he supports… Climate Action • $15 minimum wage • Guaranteed Healthcare (??? – I will remove de Blasio from list if this does not translate to Medicare for All) • Universal Pre-K • Accepts No Corporate Money (I think.) ~ Editor, May 16, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard for President
Tulsi Gabbard (D) – “Love and Service to Unite Our Country.” The candidate has not published a policy platform on her campaign website, but based on a variety of other sources, Tulsi Gabbard supports… Medicare for All • Diplomacy First & Anti-Interventionist Foreign Policy • Criminal Justice Reform • Environmental Protections • Civil Liberty Protections • Accepts No Corporate Money
Mike Gravel for President
Mike Gravel (D) – “Ending all wars.” Mike Gravel plans to drop out of the race after the Democratic debates, and endorse Bernie Sanders. He supports… Medicare for All • Foreign Policy of Peace • Ending Nuclear Threat • Non-Aggression Abroad • Departments of Peace and War • Military Spending Cuts • International Justice • Ending Support for Saudi Arabia • Economic Equality • American National Fund • $15 Minimum Wage • Antitrust Enforcement • National Reparations Trust Fund • Sex Workers Protections • Public Education • Free Pre-K • Free College Tuition • Student Debt Jubilee • Parental Leave • Free Child Care • Guaranteed Jobs Program • Labor Unions • Corporate Law Reform • Green New Deal • Public Banking • Worker Cooperatives • Progressive Tax Reform • Ending War on Drugs • Death Penalty Abolishment • Police Accountability • Prison Reform • Immigration Reform • Americans with Disabilities • Whistleblowers Amnesty • Free Public-Owned Internet • Electoral College Abolishment • Overturning Citizens United • Ranked Choice Voting • Term Limits for Federal Judges • Self-Determination for D.C., Puerto Rico, and Other Territories • Big Money out of politics • Accepts No Corporate Money
Dario Hunter for President
Dario Hunter (G) – “Building Bridges. Breaking Barriers.” Dario Hunter supports… Medicare for All • $15 Minimum Wage • Climate Action (the REAL Green New Deal) • Worker Rights & Unions • Equal Pay & Women’s Rights • Tuition-Free College • Breaking Up Big Banks • Immigration Reform • Ranked Choice Voting • Equal Rights • Police Reform • Prison Reform • Military Budge Reduction by 50% • Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy • Veteran Benefits and Protections • Accepts No Corporate Money
Dennis Lambert for President
Dennis Lambert (G) – “The American Dream, fulfilled.” Dennis Lambert supports… Single-Payer Healthcare (i.e., Medicare for All) • Renewable Infrastructure • $25 Minimum Wage • Maximum Wage for Business Executives • Ending All Wars (military and drug) • Fair Trade Policy • Public-Funded Elections • Public Schools • Climate Action • Family Medical Leave • Gender Pay Equality • Social Security Expansion • Accepts No Corporate Money
Our nation has wasted too much time, treasure and talent on endless and useless wars on drugs and terrorism. Most of the illegal immigration issues the nation is facing is directly due to the drug wars and nearly 20 year war on terror. We cannot create peace through war, only through diplomacy and peaceful cooperation on the international stage can we have a lasting world peace.~ Dennis Lambert
Bernie Sanders for President
Bernie Sanders (I) – “Not me. Us.” Bernie Sanders is running as a Democrat, and supports… Medicare for All • Free College Tuition • $15 Minimum Wage • Universal Childcare and Pre-K • Equal Pay • Pro-Choice • Unions and Collective Bargaining • Green Jobs Program • Guaranteed Jobs Program • Social Security Expansion • Green New Deal • Climate Action • Veteran Benefits Expansion • Diplomacy First Foreign Policy • Stop Endless Wars • Military Spending Reductions • Disability Persons Protections • LBGQT Equality • Rebuild Puerto Rico • Wealthy Pay Fair Share Taxes • Commonsense Gun Reform • Criminal Justice Reform • Racial Justice • Immigration Reform • Native American Rights • Wall Street Reform • Investment in Rural America • Fair Trade Policies that Support Workers • Public Education and Teachers • Big Money Out of Politics • Restoration of Democracy • Accepts No Corporate Money
Ian Schlakman for President
Ian Schlakman (G) – “Time to Build.” Ian Schlakman supports… Single-Payer Healthcare (i.e. Medicare for All) • Eco-Socialism • Saving the Planet • Ending Poverty • Anti-Imperialism • Accepts No Corporate Money
National & State Progressive Candidates
2020 progressive candidates running for U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives, as well those running for state Senate or House positions, are listed according to state. Click on any state to link to a list of its most progressive candidates. (Coming soon.)
Dist. of Columbia
New York (Nat’l)
New York (State)
Democratic Primary Debates
In addition to a candidate’s policies and past record, we also assess how she or he debates an opponent. There will be twelve debates during the Democratic Primary process. Tentatively, they will begin in June of 2019 and continue through April of 2020.
Further Candidate Research
The following resources may be useful with further research on progressive candidates and policies.
- 2018 Progressive Candidates: A Nationwide List – For historical reference
- Bold Progressives – Progressives and some nice Democrats
- Brand New Congress – Strong progressives!
- Contract for American Renewal – Strong progressives!
- Democracy for America – Progressives and some nice Democrats
- GovTrack.us – Track federal legislation by subject or member of Congress
- Green Party U.S. – Green candidates not listed, particularly for down-ballot races and write-in candidates
- Green Party Green New Deal – Includes climate action, Medicare for All, and getting big money out of politics (all Greens are progressive)
- H.R.1 – For the People Act of 2019 – Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- H.R.1384 – Medicare for All Act of 2019 – Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- H.Res.109 – Recognizing Duty of Federal Gov’t to Create a Green New Deal – Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- Indivisible – Grassroots progressive policies, Candidates and Campaigns
- Justice Democrats – Strong progressives!
- On the Issues – Every political leader on every issue
- Open Secrets – Campaign funding sources of national candidates
- Our Revolution – Strong progressives!
- Run for Something – Young progressives running in down-ballot races
- S.1129 – Medicare for All National Health Insurance Program – Sponsor/Co-Sponsors
- Working Families Party – Progressives and some nice Democrats
Progressive Candidate & Policy News Feed
Catch the latest progressive candidate and policy updates from Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, and Brand New Congress.
Author: JoAnn Chateau
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