The 2020 Presidential elections are the next chance Americans will get to change the US political landscape, as they vote in a new president and Congress. Donald Trump is heavily tipped to serve a second term at the moment, as the US economy holds strong. However, his controversial presidency has sparked challenges both from the opposition Democrat party and within Mr Trump’s own Republican party. The President will face strong resistance as he prepares to embark on his campaign trail.
Who are the 2020 election candidates?
More than 20 people have come forward to officially contest Donald Trump in the 2020 elections, among them several senior Democrats.
Joe Biden is one of the most notable names to throw his name into the hat, having served as Vice President to Barack Obama during both of his terms in 2008 and 2012.
Not far behind him is senior Democrat and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democrat primary bid in 2016 to Hillary Clinton.
Among other candidates are Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, California Senator Kamala Harris, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The Republican party only has one major candidate declared alongside Trump, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.
He will face off against Donald Trump in the Republican primary race, were party officials will choose their candidate for the election.
However, Mr Weld’s chances of success are almost non-existent, as only one incumbent president has ever lost a reelection nomination – Chester A Arthur in 1884.
Democratic nominees have the best chance to usurp Mr Trump from his role in 2020, and seasoned politician Joe Biden is already on the attack.
The former Vice President drew on Donald Trump’s comments surrounding the Charlottesville white nationalist riots in 2017.
Mr Trump declared there were “very fine people” on side of both demonstrators and anti-protesters.
One white nationalist attendee at the 2017 rally had driven a car into opposing protesters, killing bystander Heather Heyer and injuring 28.
Mr Biden said he “could not stand by” while Donald Trump served another term.
He said: ”With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.
“I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time.
“But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”