It was in the mail and the last day of 2018. US Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the most prominent figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, has become the first relevant figure to formalize his candidacy that wants to be nominated in the community championship and, finally, who opposes Donald Trump in the presidential election of November 2020.
"This dark path does not have to be our future. We can make our democracy and our economy work for all of us," the senator said in a video posted by her announcement, which was to leak from technological details: in time at the weekend Warren changed the name of his Twitter account, which sparked speculation that was confirmed this Monday.
Accordingly, Warren reportedly gives an initial signaling to what, according to The New York Times, promises to be a "long and populated" group of candidates. A scenario that will accelerate, given that, although there are still 22 months before the presidential election, it remains only a little over a year for the interim elections in Iowa and New Hampshire – programmed for February, when aspirants risk their lives and barely six months for the first internal debates.
Vice President Joe Biden, independent senator Bernie Sanders – who fought with Hillary Clinton in 2016 – and Beto O'Rourke, who jumped to fame at the last parliamentary election to give a heavy senatorial fight in Texas, a state that has been for decades a stronghold of the Republicans.
And although none of them officially made their candidacy, the first disagreements had already begun. The numbers close to Sanders questioned O'Rourke, a young politician whose charisma appeals to the profile of voters similar to those of the senator, bearing in mind that he is not "progressive enough" and that he is not completely transparent in his speech that does not receive money from companies with special interests, something that in those close to the former Senate candidate has caused discomfort.
The fact has aroused alarms among Democrats, because the last thing they want is something similar to what happened between Sanders and Hillary Clinton: a tough internal struggle that left the wounds and gave Trump ammo to attack the candidate in the general election .
But with an open scenario, it is very likely that the number of candidates can expand, perhaps not reaching the 18 that the Republican Party had before choosing Trump, but a double digit number. This, given that the current president has low approval and that there is an important group to vote for anyone who represents an alternative to him.
Thus, for example, names such as Senators Kamala Harris, Amy Klubachar, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gilibrand appear; Julian Castro, a former member of Obama's cabinet; and the governor of Colorado, John Hickelopper. There are others who are completely unknown, such as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, although initially connected to the Republicans, ended up being independent and did not hide the desire to overthrow Donald Trump, leaving the door open to compete in the internal Democrat Not to mention a big surprise, as Hillary Clinton's new candidacy or Michelle Obama has decided to run, given the high ratings for popularity. Both, in any case, have ruled out again and again to review that option.