If you have watched the news, read a headline, or simply muttered the phrase, “wtf” when it comes to anything political over the past couple years, then you aren’t alone. The start of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates mark the beginning of what’s going to be a long, politically charged race for the presidency. While, many have an “anyone but Trump” attitude, we should be careful not to make any assumptions or ill-informed allegiances with candidates. The debates will be an introduction to many of the lesser known candidates and should provide an opportunity to better understand the political stance of some of the more popular ones as well.
There were over 700 registered presidential candidates; however, nearly two dozen will be taking the stage for the debates on Wednesday and Thursday in Miami, FL. The current polls show an overall lack of interest in the race at the moment with so many candidates to choose from. While understandable, it is not a good idea for anyone to be nonchalant about the upcoming election. In spite of feelings of mistrust for our government or uncertainty as to whether your vote even matters, being informed and engaged throughout this entire political process is vital for anyone who wants to see a change in this country.
Top runners like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris all have substantial support and a likelihood of winning the nomination. However, none have really stood out enough to take the lead as the Democratic primary candidate. So far, there is only one Republican candidate going against sitting President, Donald Trump. It’s going to be up to the American people to stay informed, stay engaged, and vote. In many ways, your life and the lives of so many others are depending on it.