With climate catastrophe, nuclear holocaust, runaway inequality, and the collapse of democracy breathing down our necks, only the most progressive candidates offer solutions that ascend to the challenge. So, here’s my comprehensive revolutionary Progressive Candidates 2020 list, 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 or favors (e.g., no Wall Street consultations)
- Full support of Medicare for All (e.g., no private insurance options for the same services)
Last updated on July 19, 2019
No Corporate Money… At All
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. Our best bet is to elect political contenders from the Progressive Candidates 2020 list.
But how may we discern a candidate’s genuine 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”). Nor do they consult with Wall Street executives before launching a political campaign. And their fund-raising record is consistent with a “No Big Money” policy — for at least one previous election cycle if an incumbent. (See OpenSecrets.)
Medicare for All: Full Support
Full support of Medicare for All is the “litmus test” for 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 “healthcare for all,” “access to affordable healthcare,” “pubic option,” “protecting the ACA,” or making incremental “steps toward” some kind of universal healthcare — compared to a clear-cut, declarative statement that supports Medicare for All. The substitute phrases always indicate a watered-down version of Medicare for All.
Second, Medicare for All eliminates insurance companies from our healthcare system. Except for supplemental insurance policies, healthcare insurance companies cannot offer duplicate coverage.
Because health care is a human right, and need, its provision is incompatible with a free-market business model. What choice does the healthcare customer really have? You need to buy insurance; without it, you face far greater risk of permanent disability and/or premature death. In truth, the private, for-profit health insurance industry serves a captive market, not a free market.
By the way, “private, for-profit” doesn’t mean “better.” According to presidential candidate Michael Bennet, Medicare for All is the “Cadillac” healthcare plan. (Although, he doesn’t support it.) Medicare for All includes prescriptions, dental, vision, and hearing. You may see any doctor you wish, and use any hospital you like; HMO network restrictions are over. For the majority of citizens, the tax increase will be appreciably less than what they currently pay for health insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles.
Medicare for All Opponent Admits It’s “Awesome” Insurance
If Bennet’s remarks don’t make your head shake in wonder, then consider the results of a July, 2018 research study published at the Koch-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Presumably, the study set out to prove the hypothesis that Medicare for All is too expensive. However…
A report that was supposed to discredit the single-payer solution found that, even after the benefits of a Medicare for All program are realized — ‘additional healthcare demand that arises from eliminating copayments, providing additional categories of benefits, and covering the currently uninsured’ — the potential cost of the plan would still be less than “potential savings associated with cutting provider payments and achieving lower drug costs.”~ John Nichols, The Nation
Bernie Sanders responded to the Mercatus Center report with a “thank you.”
The question begs to be asked: Why is there opposition to Medicare for All, when it’s so good? Sadly, the answer points to the corrupting influence of Big Money in politics. Over the last 20 years, the pharmaceutical and health product industries have spent nearly $4 billion to lobby U.S. government officials. Modern Healthcare reported that the six largest health insurance companies spent a combined $6.2 million during the first quarter of 2017, when Republican efforts to dismantle the ACA were at their peak.
Imagine if those millions and billions of dollars had been directed toward cancer research. Today, we might be praising private pharmaceutical and insurance companies, instead of feeling like chumps. “We the People” need to elect principled, unbought, uncompromised leaders who can withstand the pressure involved with confronting corporate power and greed. You’ll find these leaders on the Progressive Candidates 2020 list.
Nationwide Progressive Candidates 2020; a Multi-Page List
Revolutionary, unbought, progressive presidential candidates are featured right here, on this hub page of the 2020 candidates list. To see progressives running for U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives, as well as State Senate or State House/Assembly, scroll to the state links below.
Each candidate entry allows you quickly grasp which policies are top-priority. For more details, simply click on a candidate’s name in order to link to his or her campaign website.
This Progressive Candidates 2020 list is a living document. Until the 2020 election takes place, it will be frequently updated.
The following Progressive Candidates 2020 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, Andrew Yang, and others. I really like them and appreciate their exceptional gifts, but they revealed a weakening stance on Medicare for All and/or dipped a toe into the alluring waters of Big Money. I fear the powerful American Oligarchy (corporate elites and billionaires) may easily manipulate such candidates. The Progressive Candidates 2020 list is reserved for leaders who can accomplish the “political revolution” that gets Big Money out of politics.
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’s campaign website does not display his priorities. 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
Howie Hawkens for President
Howie Hawkens (G) – “Green for President.” Howie Hawkens supports… Medicare for All • Nationalize Federal Reserve • Socialize Big Banks • 100% Clean Energy • Arms Industry Converted to Nonprofit Public Enterprises • Public Broadband and Net Neutrality • Online Platforms Antitrust Action • Racial Justice • LGBTQIA Justice • Ecosocialist Green New Deal • Agriculture and Rural Reconstruction • Peace Policies • Immigration Reform • Civil Liberties • Democracy Reform • Media Reform • 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 • Student Loan Debt Forgiveness • $15 Minimum Wage • Universal Childcare and Pre-K • Equal Pay • Pro-Choice • Unions and Collective Bargaining • Employee Ownership • 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
Progressive Candidates 2020 by State
Progressive Candidates 2020 are also running for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as State Senate and State House or Assembly. Find them all, organized by state. Click on any state link below, to learn more about Progressive Candidates 2020 running in that state. (More states soon.)
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 presidential candidate debates during the Democratic Primary process. They begin in June of 2019 and continue through April of 2020. The debate schedule is filling in as follows:
- June 26 & 27, 2019 – 9 PM ET – Miami
- July 30 & 31, 2019 – Detroit
- September 12 & 13, 2019
- October, 2019
- November, 2019
- December, 2019
- January, 2020
- January/February, 2020
- February, 2020
- February, 2020
- March, 2020
- April, 2020
Courtesy of Kyle Kulinski, host of Secular Talk, the following videos offer a progressive’s assessment of the first Democratic Debates that were held on June 26 & 27.
Further Candidate Research
The following resources may be useful for further research on Progressive Candidates 2020 and their 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
2020 Candidate & Policy News Feed
Keep up with the latest on Progressive Candidates 2020 and their policies from Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, and Brand New Congress at the Revolutionary Progressive Candidates & Policies News Feed.
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