Cory Booker Joe Sestak Joe Walsh Pete Buttigieg Amy Klobuchar John Delaney Andrew Yang Marianne Williamson
The Hopefuls

The Politic Presents

2020 Presidential Hopefuls

In the past ten years, The Politic has interviewed eight 2020 presidential candidates. We hope these Q&As will be useful to our readers when, on November 3, 2020, it comes time to hit the polls.

The Yale Politic

Interview by Nick Rugoff

Cory Booker

Cory Booker is the first African American United States Senator from New Jersey and the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He attended Stanford University and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, before attending Yale Law School. Booker’s campaign is centered on equality and equal justice for all Americans, including expanding access to healthcare, and is committed to addressing climate change.

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January 19, 2009

Interview by Eric Stern

Joe Sestak

What do you see as the single biggest threat to America today?
I think the biggest challenge to America is how to deal with the emergence of China and India… primarily China and the Western Pacific. It is a challenge, not a threat. It is a challenge diplomatically, financially [and] security-wise for our allies. And we don’t have a lot of margin for error anymore.

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February 28, 2012

Interview by Eric Stern

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh is an American politician and former conservative talk-radio host. He attended Grinnell College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Chicago, earning a master’s degree in public policy. After serving in the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party, Walsh supported Trump during his 2016 campaign, but he recently critiqued the president, calling him unfit for office. Walsh is currently challenging President Trump for the Republican nomination.

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July 1, 2013

Interview by Elias Mastakouris

Pete Buttigieg

What is your greatest concern for the nation?
My biggest concern right now has to do with the idea of nationhood–what makes us one country, what holds us together. We’ve got to demonstrate that we recognize what it means to be an American even when the details are politically contested.

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May 8, 2017

Interview by Keera Annamaneni

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is an American lawyer and Minnesota’s first elected female United States Senator. She has served in the Senate since 2007 and is currently a part of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Joint Economic Committee among others. Her platform focuses on universal healthcare for all Americans by expanding Medicare or Medicaid and combating the climate crisis as a co-sponsor of a Green New Deal.

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June 28, 2017

Interview by Sabrina Bustamante

John Delaney

Tell me a little bit about your political vision for America. Do you think it’s a departure from the politics of the Democratic Party in the last election?
The biggest trends are technology, automation, and global interconnections, and these things are changing everything. They’re changing society, they’re changing work, they’re changing jobs, they’re changing resource allocation, they’re changing security risk. And my vision is to prepare the country, and most importantly our citizens, for that future.

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September 6, 2017

Interview by Vivek Gopalan

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur, lawyer, and philanthropist running in the 2020 presidential election. He is the founder of Venture for America, an organization focused on creating jobs in struggling cities and rejuvenating local economies. Yang was named a Champion of Change in 2012 and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015 by the Obama White House.

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July 8, 2018

Interview by Andrew Bellah

Marianne Williamson

How do you think your points raised on reparations in the second debate particularly engaged with people?
I don’t believe in the current leadership model—which is so endemic to our current political system—in which leaders strategize with polling and focus groups to figure out their platforms. They’re losing out on some of the most important topics because the number of people voicing that issue is small. So I’m just talking about what I believe needs to be said, and that’s what leadership ought to be.

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October 24, 2019