By: Subha Ali
The Presidential Election Comes To A Head
The Following November Of 2024
The upcoming U.S. presidential election will take place on Nov 5th, 2024. President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump will be running again, as well as many others entering the field. Majorly Republicans have entered the race, while others may still join.
Running for the Democratic party is Marianne Williamson, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and current President Joe Biden. Running for the Republican party is former President Donald J. Trump, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Asa Hutchinson, Larry Elder, Tim Scott, Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence, Chris Christie, Doug Burgum, Francis Suarez, Will Hurd. Finally, as a third-party candidate, Cornel West is running. Based on current polls, the top five candidates are President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Gavin Newsom.
A candidate will need the vote of more than half of all electors to win the presidential election; the electoral college is the representatives from each state in proportion to the state’s population who cast their vote and determine who will be president. States receive a certain number of electors based on their representation in Congress. U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and registered to vote can vote in the upcoming presidential election.
The Candidates Representing The Democratic Party For
The 2024 Presidential Election
Marianne Williamson, the self-help author, began her journey in 2020 when she first ran for president but ended her campaign before votes were cast. During her kick-off speech, she made points focused on economic justice, corporate power, and intentional blindness towards poverty in America. It is said that many in Democratic politics are not taking her seriously. She declared a movement against established corporate power and economic inequalities in another speech.
Her priorities are around climate change: supporting the Green New Deal, reducing income inequality, free college, banning the sale of assault weapons, supporting universal health care coverage, supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, supporting the equality act, and re-examining foreign relationships.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. introduced himself in a speech by talking about his father’s 1968 campaign and death; he then spoke about his career as an environmental lawyer. His campaign is based on skepticism about vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry. His priorities revolve around an honest government, healing the divide in the U.S., cleaning up the environment, reversing the economic decline, restoring moral leadership, and restoring fundamental civil liberties.
President Joe Biden officially announced he would seek another term. He states “fighting for our democracy” has not yet been completed. His decision to run again was based on keeping former President Donald Trump out of the White House. His campaign revolves around “finishing the job.”
New & Returning Republican Party Candidates
Running For The 2024 Election
Former President Donald J. Trump announced he would seek another term despite advisers telling him to hold off. The former president has been impeached twice but claims the investigations he faces are all politically motivated. During his announcement, he states once again to “make America great again.”
Nikki Haley is a former governor of South Carolina and United Nations ambassador. Her campaign revolves around calling for a generational change. She was part of the Trump administration and praised his policies and accomplishments. Her views on main issues include opposing abortion rights, fixing the broken immigration system, opposing expanding Medicaid, and cutting taxes.
Vivek Ramaswamy is an entrepreneur and author. He officially announced his running with an idea centered around opposing social justice activism. He believes faith, patriotism, and hard work have disappeared. He describes himself as “anti-woke.”
Asa Hutchinson is the former governor of Arkansas. His views include banning abortion with no exceptions, repealing the Affordable Care Act, protecting Social Security and Medicare, raising the age to purchase rifles, and also signing a bill banning transgender women athletes from competing on women’s sports teams, as well as vetoing a bill banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth.
Larry Elder is a conservative talk radio host, he believes America is on a decline, and he can bring America into a new age. His viewpoints revolve around soft-on-crime approaches not working, allowing the freedom of choosing a school to provide access to quality education, the Critical Race Theory (CRT), and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) do not belong in any government institution, crushing inflation, creating an environment for small businesses to thrive, restoring America’s cities, and securing the border.
Tim Scott, a senator from South Carolina, announced his running with a motivation to stop Trump’s nomination. His viewpoints are about being strongly pro-life, repealing the Affordable Care Act, having the freedom to choose a child’s schooling, and addressing illegal migration and drugs.
Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, announced his run for president and is considered the Republican competition against Donald Trump. His campaign revolves around revitalizing America as it has been on a decline. His views include signing a bill banning abortion after six weeks, restricting classroom discussions around sex and gender identity, getting resources to construct a border wall, and aiming to build economic relationships.
Mike Pence, the former vice president, is going against Donald Trump, who he served under. His campaign revolves around opposing abortion rights, pushing for cooperation while holding China accountable, making changes to entitlements to curb rising debt, and criticism against Biden’s approach to immigration and border policy.
Chris Christie is the former governor of New Jersey; when announcing his campaign, he stated he would be willing to attack both Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. His viewpoints are around being pro-life, creating an income cap, raising the retirement age, creating border security, and attributing mass shootings to mental health.
Doug Burgum is the governor of North Dakota; he says he is a candidate with small-town values. He supports fossil fuels and carbon capture, has signed eight anti-transgender laws this year, and has signed a law banning almost all abortions.
Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami, is a Cuban American and announced his running by stating he is a fresh face for the Republican party. His main campaign focuses on curbing the federal deficit, working on immigration issues, and dealing with generational problems in China.
Will Hurd, a former Texas congressman, announced his running by attacking Donald Trump. He states we need a candidate to unite the Republican party and the country. His campaign focuses on increasing access to health care while decreasing its cost, providing seniors with quality care, creating a national cyber strategy to defend systems from state and non-state actors, creating education equality, creating a strong immigration policy, and creating a foreign policy that our enemies fear and our friends love.
Cornel West is a progressive activist and professor, a former campaign staff member for Senator Bernie Sanders leads his third party. During his announcement speech, he criticized both the Democrat and Republican parties. His campaign will focus on ending poverty, mass incarceration, and “wars and ecological collapse.”
His campaign also focuses on cleaning up government corruption, guaranteeing health care to all, guaranteeing quality education, housing, a living wage, and paid leave to all, bringing our troops home, ensuring equal rights to all Americans, and cleaning up pollution in our food, water, and air.
The 2024 presidential election can go in multiple directions. With President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump running again and new candidates in the running, too.
Each candidate brings their values and opinions on main issues. This is the time to start listening to speeches and researching to begin choosing which candidate addresses problems like you do.