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Race For The Democratic Nomination: Out With The Old...

The battle to become the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States of America in the 2020 general election is already a crowded affair.

With 15 presidential hopefuls already announced and an estimated 10 more due to announce as the race unfolds, the stage is only going to get more crowded.

Of those announced, the frontrunners are - unsurprisingly - the ones with the greatest name-recognition. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are at the head of the pack, capitalising on their popularity and sustained media-exposure over the last few years. If he announces his run, as expected, former Vice-President Joe Biden will begin his campaign to be the Democratic nominee immediately as the front runner.

As much as its stands to reason that those with the greatest name-recognition lead the way this early on, Democrats should be worried that this state of affairs may not dissipate as time goes on. It should be a source of genuine concern that the final few nominees, and eventual Democratic candidate, may be the old guard that have been at the front of Democratic politics for so long.This prospect should terrify the Democrats.

It is time for a brutalist and ambitious approach towards this election. Never has the phrase out with the old, in with the new been so appropriate.

What makes the popularity of these political dinosaurs infuriating is the genuine talent of the younger stratum of nominees.

Kamala Harris is an experienced, articulate and strong Senator who espouses progressive and democratic policies that have the potential to do real good in the country. Cory Booker shares Harris' ability to tap into the minority vote whilst also boasting executive experience after being Mayor of Newark, making him a real contender for the nomination and giving him real potential to excel in the role of commander-in-chief.

Another younger prospect who is getting more and more attention in the press, and quite rightly, is Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg is fiercely well-educated, delightfully eloquent and possesses the values and demeanour that a Democratic nominee - and a president - should possess. He would be a worthy Democratic nominee as he has already demonstrated the inclination and ability to communicate to and unite the variety of warring factions that pervade the current political environment in America.

The (relative) youth of these candidates also has a real potential to galvanise and engage with the younger and more politically ambivalent generation, making electoral success far more possible against a president whose campaign team, however unconventional, is exceptionally effective.

Sanders, Warren and Biden have served the country and the Democratic Party well. They have devoted much of their political and personal lives the to betterment of the nation and the well-being of its citizens. However, the time has come for them to step back and let the new generation take over.

America is yearning for a new beginning. This must start not only with a new face in the White House, but with a president who is fresh and reflects the changing and dynamic country is that America is.

Author: Thomas Jørner

Thomas is a student of Politics at the University of Copenhagen.

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