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FutureStarrFuture Stars of the Democratic Party
If we are to learn anything from the recent election, it is that recognizing talent is important. From the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia over the summer, we can identify 12 high-impact, rising Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. Every American should stay tuned and follow them.
These can feel like dark days for the Democratic Party: With Donald Trump in the White House, and Republicans controlling Congress, the progressive agenda is fully under attack. (In the span of its first week alone, the new administration has taken action to undercut the Affordable Care Act, women’s reproductive rights, climate change, and U.S. aid to refugees, among other issues.) But there’s hope: Though still smarting from November’s crushing loss, Democrats are already looking to the future of the party, and searching their ranks for an inspiring new crop of leaders to usher them into 2020—2018, if you’re counting midterms—and beyond.
“I can't comment on what she is going to do,” said Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen, who represents DeKalb County and is vice chair for constituency groups in the state party. “But what I will say is she is a well respected and well-liked congresswoman in Georgia. And when she won that 6th Congressional District, she made history, and she made herself a household name. So I see that she is going to continue to have a future in politics. It's not going to be easy to get rid of her.” (Source:www.politico.com).
Cheri Bustos (56): The Illinois Democrat, unlike most of the others on this list, represents a partially rural district in the western part of the state - and one that Donald Trump won in 2016. Bustos' ability to win -- she won a third term in 2016 by 20 points -- in a rural, Trump districts makes her something of a unicorn in the Democratic caucus -- and one whose blueprint the party is interested in copying. Bustos decided not to run for governor in 2017, a sign, many believed, that she was committed to climbing the leadership ladder in the House. The question for Bustos is whether she is too moderate for the increasingly liberal Democratic caucus.
Josh Hawley. It was about as odd a couple as you could find: Hawley, 40, the populist conservative rookie GOP senator, next to the 79-year-old Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. But last week they appeared together to advocate for another round of direct payments to Americans as part of a COVID-19 relief deal. It worked: The emerging deal now appears to include $600 checks. It’s those political skills and unorthodox thinking, which OZY first spotted in our 2018 profile of then-candidate Hawley, that have many people eyeing him as a 2024 White House contender. The Republican race is frozen as long as President Donald Trump appears to be running again, but the former Supreme Court clerk and men’s Bible study leader can afford to wait — and make unlikely alliances in the meantime. (Source: www.ozy.com).