UPDATED 12:57 PM PT — Monday, May 6, 2019
With more than 20 Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, candidates are eager to show voters what makes them stand out. Five of those competing are from historically GOP strongholds, and candidates are claiming this provides them with an advantage over their competitors.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said coming from a “fairly blue city in a purple county in a red state” gives him more of an instinct on how to be more inclusive. Buttigieg, who is an openly gay Christian, does not shy away from his beliefs.
“The important thing to recognize is God does not belong to a political party,” he stated. “I mean some of these themes — God, freedom, patriotism — these are not things that one party should be able to claim, but that’s how its worked out.”
Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said as mayor he had to consider ideas from the other side and find common ground in a city, which was half Republican and half Democrat. Castro said he’s not an establishment politician. Like many Americans, he said he came from humble beginnings and had to work hard to get to where he is today.
Massachusetts Senator Eizabeth Warren prides herself in being an Oklahoma native, who knows how to appeal to rural voters throughout America while offering a populist message.
Senators Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand are known for their more centered approach to the NRA and immigration issues.
As the Democrat Party veers farther left, candidates from more conservative areas may have an advantage over their competitors and could gain traction in a crowded field.