The 2024 United States presidential election promises to be a contest of diverse voices and policy visions, with candidates from various backgrounds and political perspectives vying for the nation’s highest office. In this overview, we’ll introduce three notable presidential hopefuls from the Democratic Party and the Republican party who have thrown their hats into the ring for the 2024 election.
1. Joe Biden (D):
– Incumbent President Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States, announced his candidacy for re-election on April 25, 2023.
– Biden secured victory in the 2020 presidential election, running alongside Vice President Kamala Harris.
– His administration’s accomplishments include job creation, the passage of significant legislation such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and efforts to combat climate change and lower prescription drug prices.
– For his second term, Biden aims to address critical issues such as accessibility to childcare and elder care, Social Security and Medicare protection, a minimum tax for billionaires, women’s reproductive rights, gun control, and voting rights.
– Biden brings decades of political experience, having served as a U.S. Senator from Delaware and as Vice President under President Barack Obama.
2. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (D):
– Author and lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. entered the 2024 presidential race on April 5, 2023.
– Kennedy’s campaign focuses on scaling down military involvement abroad, reinvesting in infrastructure, addressing environmental concerns, and promoting government transparency.
– He criticizes former President Donald Trump for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Kennedy emphasizes the need to rebuild and modernize key domestic infrastructure and rebuild trust in government.
3. Marianne Williamson (D):
– Author and former 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Marianne Williamson joined the 2024 presidential race on February 23, 2023.
– Williamson’s campaign centers on economic reforms, including universal healthcare, tuition-free higher education, paid parental leave, and raising the minimum wage.
– She expresses gratitude to President Biden for his role in defeating President Trump in 2020 but believes that fundamental economic reform is necessary to address future challenges.
– Williamson previously ran in the 2020 Democratic primary and focused on issues related to spirituality and personal development.
1. Donald Trump (R):
– Former President Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, officially declared his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election in November 2022.
– Trump’s first presidential victory in 2016 saw him receive 304 electoral votes, defeating Hillary Clinton. However, in the 2020 election, he was defeated by Joe Biden, receiving 232 electoral votes.
– His campaign centers on a return to the “America First” agenda, criticizing the Biden administration’s approach and describing the country as in decline under their leadership.
– During his first term, key policy initiatives included withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, passing significant tax reforms, reducing the size of ISIS, and establishing the Space Force. Trump also made substantial federal judicial appointments, including three Supreme Court justices.
– As of August 2023, Trump faces numerous legal challenges, including charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and mishandling classified documents after leaving office.
2. Ron DeSantis (R):
– Ron DeSantis, the current Governor of Florida since 2019, announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election in May 2023.
– DeSantis’s campaign platform emphasizes reducing government spending and inflation, enhancing border security, supporting law enforcement funding, boosting domestic energy production, reducing the influence of the administrative state, and addressing what he views as non-essential matters.
– He highlights his record as Florida’s governor, particularly in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing a commitment to facts over fear and law and order over disorder.
3. Tim Scott (R):
– Tim Scott, a U.S. Senator from South Carolina since 2013, declared his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election in May 2023 after forming a presidential exploratory committee in April 2023.
– Scott’s campaign revolves around key issues such as the economy, education, and public safety. He aims to reduce taxes and the national debt, promote U.S. manufacturing, support charter schools, and invest in the military, law enforcement, and border security.
– He also highlights his personal background, growing up in a low-income household, and positions himself as a candidate who challenges the narrative of the far left, emphasizing the opportunities available in America.