The last Democratic debate of the year is on December 19th, 2019, many still wonder which candidates are still in the running. There are three Democrats still influential in the race: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Elizabeth Warren. Many of the Democratic candidates’ campaigns boast similar promises.
A prominent runner is Bernie Sanders. The biggest promise in his campaign is free Medicare-for-All, Sanders plans on using taxes to finance free trips to the doctors or hospital. He believes that in the long run, having free Medicare will save us. Sanders says “Expanding Medicare to everyone will save the American people money.” A vital piece of his campaign, which separates Sanders from the rest is free college. The federal government will pay for 67 percent of this cost while the states pay 33 percent. Comparatively Sanders is a socialist and progressive democrat.
A top runner in the election is Joe Biden, former Vice President of the US, has a lot to say about some of the biggest issues in America. While Biden doesn’t support the idea of free Medicare-for-All, he believes that Medicare should be more affordable by expanding Obamacare. With the promises of stricter gun control in America, Biden plans on banning the sale of assault weapons. As Biden’s campaign mentions, “It’s within our grasp to end our gun violence epidemic and respect the Second Amendment, which is limited.” With a lot of the older generation by his side, Joe Biden is a notable candidate.
Next is Elizabeth Warren. In terms of Medicare, Warren voices that she does support the idea of free Medicare-for-All, but would rather focus on more reachable goals if she were to be elected in office. Warren wants to create an immigration policy that aligns with the American people’s values. She plans on remaking ICE along with decriminalizing border crossings. “And it starts with the basic premise, immigration makes America stronger,” Warren says on her YouTube channel. Warren could be the first female president.
As the year comes to a close, many candidates are fighting for the Democratic nomination and hope to get ahead during the primaries in months to come.