Can we trust Tulsi Gabbard

US Democrats running for presidentClear the way for Biden

The next presidential election in the USA will take place on November 3, 2020. Upstream are the primaries, the area codes of the two major parties to determine the presidential candidates in the 50 states. The candidacy of incumbent Donald Trump already seemed so clear to the Republicans in September 2019 that the Republican area code is considered a formality.

For a long time, the Democrats came down to a decision between former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. On Wednesday (April 9th, 2020) Sanders announced his withdrawal from the election campaign.

Biden was able to use the tailwind of his comeback at "Super Tuesday" and, according to forecasts, won the most recent primaries in four states. "The Democratic Party is now rallying behind Biden and is apparently only pursuing one goal: to raise a candidate who can defeat Trump," explains US correspondent Thilo Kößler.

The presidential candidate will be determined at the Democratic Party Congress in Milwaukee (July 13 to July 16, 2020).

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The Democrats are internally divided and should now come together, said the transatlantic coordinator of the federal government Peter Beyer (CDU) in the Dlf. There are first signs of this after "Super Tuesday".

These US Democrats are still in the running for presidential nomination:

These candidates have already given up:

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Joe Biden

Most prominent and politically experienced candidate of the Democrats: Joe Biden (AP)

Early on, everything pointed to a success for Barack Obama's vice president. The 76-year-old was the undisputed leader in the polls, although a series of verbal missteps and blunders in the TV debates made some observers wonder whether the senator was too old and not robust enough to apply and take office.

But initially the Ukraine affair over Donald Trump and Biden's son Hunter melted his lead. In the first area code in Iowa, he ended up only in fourth place.

In the primary in South Carolina, however, he won clearly and got almost half of the votes. Especially on "Super Tuesday", Biden suddenly came out on top. He continued his winning streak in the recent elections in six states. In particular with his clear victory in Michigan - the former center of the ailing American auto industry - he was able to extend his lead over competitor Bernie Sanders again.

Joe Biden does not stand for rousing appearances and promises of departure - but many Democrats are currently more likely to want a candidate they can trust, who will bring order to the store. Biden is apparently especially popular with African American voters, women in the suburbs, and longtime Middle Democrats. His moderate politics are the reason why many democratic politicians support him, including several of his former rivals from the primary campaign. With him as a candidate, they see the greatest chance of overthrowing Donald Trump.

(imago images | UPI Photo) Surprise on "Super Tuesday": Biden's comeback
At "Super Tuesday" in the USA, ex-Vice President Joe Biden outperformed his competitor Bernie Sanders. The voters voted pragmatically, says Thilo Kößler. But the race is not over yet.

These candidates have already dropped out:

Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders initially competed with Elizabeth Warren for the favor of the progressive camp. The self-declared democratic socialist has tried it before: Sanders caused a sensation in the 2016 Democratic primary campaign, but then lost to Hilary Clinton. Now the 78-year-old wants to know again. He stayed in third place behind Biden and Warren in the polls for a long time - and collected an unexpectedly large number of campaign donations: 61.5 million in the eight months after his candidacy was announced.

Sanders apparently recovered quickly from a heart attack on October 5. After a few days in the hospital, he said he was doing "great" and continued his election campaign.

In the first area code in Iowa, Sanders was just behind Pete Buttigieg, who had since retired, and was well ahead overall, just ahead of Joe Biden. In the South Carolina area code, however, Biden was able to reduce this lead considerably and eventually outstripped Sanders at "Super Tuesday" and has since expanded the lead further.

Bernie Sanders attracts particularly young, progressive voters with his promise of a political revolution with bold concepts. For many of them, the motto "Bernie or Bust" - "Bernie or Flop" applies: If Sanders does not become a candidate, they want to stay at home in the actual presidential elections. Voices that Biden would then be missing - and could help Trump stay in office. Biden already offered Sanders a collaboration.

The corona virus is also influencing the election campaign in the USA. Both Biden and Sanders canceled appearances. According to USA correspondent Thilo Kößler, this could do more harm to Sanders than Biden. Because Sanders' election campaign lives from the spirit of his events, from the contact with the voters.


The Democrats are backing the wrong horse with Bernie Sanders, commented Washington correspondent Thilo Kößler. With Sanders as an opponent, Donald Trump can hope for a second term.

Tulsi Gabbard

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The Iraq war veteran sits in the House of Representatives for Hawaii. She had originally supported Bernie Sanders' candidacy until she declared her own application in February 2019. The 38-year-old Hindu mentions criminal law reform and climate issues as central political concerns. In the meantime, she apologized for her previous stance against LGBT rights. Gabbard's campaign suffered a damper when it failed to gain admission to the third televised debate. Gabbard threatened to boycott the fourth debate and combined this with criticism of the democratic party leadership. In the primary elections in various states, it is far behind the two favorites Biden and Sanders.

Elizabeth Warren

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The Senator from Massachusetts tossed her hat into the ring in January 2019 as the first prominent Democratic politician. She is a figurehead of the left wing and a particularly sharp critic of Trump. In the Iowa primary, she made it to third place with 18 percent - ahead of Joe Biden. In the following three elections, however, it performed worse and only achieved single-digit results. In the South Carolina area code, she was also behind Pete Buttigieg. At "Super Tuesday" she only finished third in her home state and then threw in the towel.

Michael Bloomberg

Wanted to get into the White House race: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (AP / John Locher)

The media entrepreneur and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had ruled out an application in March 2019. Finally, at the end of November 2019, he announced that he wanted to run for the Democrats against Donald Trump. However, he did not take part in the first four primary elections; he was on the ballot paper for "Super Tuesday" on March 3rd.

The 77-year-old billionaire, who once founded the financial and media company named after him, announced that he would not accept donations and would forego the president's salary in the event of an election victory.

Some of his opponents in the Democrats had already made it clear in early November 2019 what they think of his candidacy. Elizabeth Warren said in a TV interview that "democracy is not about people coming in and buying elections". Bernie Sanders shouted even more explicitly: "Tonight we say to Michael Bloomberg and other billionaires: Sorry, you will not buy this election".

After "Super Tuesday" Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the candidate race and announced that he would support Joe Biden.

Pete Buttigieg

Has since given up: Pete Buttigieg (dpa / AP / Charlie Neibergall))

The Afghan war veteran, Oxford graduate, and Indiana mayor was largely unknown nationally at the time of his application. Completely surprisingly, he emerged as the winner of the first primary in Iowa, wafer-thin before Bernie Sanders. In the South Carolina area code on February 29, he only reached 8.2 percent and then gave up.

Amy Klobuchar

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (Getty Images / North America / Justin Sullivan)

The Senator from Minnesota was in her application as a reconciler who wanted to unite the deeply divided country. In doing so, it aimed primarily at the contested "swing states" in the Midwest. However, the election campaign of the 59-year-olds never really wanted to ignite. In the New Hampshire primary, she surprised with third place. A few hours before "Super Tuesday" US media reported that Klobuchar was dropping out of the race and was now supporting Joe Biden's application.

Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer, one of the US Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election (picture alliance / ZUMA Wire / Richard Ellis)

The Californian philanthropist and former hedge fund manager only entered the running for the presidential candidacy in the summer of 2019. Since 2017, the billionaire has been promoting impeachment proceedings against Trump with commercials and speeches. In addition, the 62-year-old has founded an organization that is committed to more climate protection. Steyer announced his withdrawal after the South Carolina primary.

Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet, Senator from Colorado ((Getty AFP / David Becker)

The 55-year-old was born in New Delhi as the son of a diplomat. He has now been a Senator from Colorado for many years. He used to be a school director in his hometown of Denver. School and education policy are also core themes of his campaign. The Senator from Colorado dropped out of the running for the candidacy after the second primary in New Hampshire.

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang ((AP / David J. Phillip))

The businessman of Taiwanese descent is new to politics. The 44-year-old's central demand brings him a certain amount of attention: an unconditional basic income for all citizens of $ 1,000 a month. He is particularly enthusiastic about his following on social media. Like Michael Bennet, Andrew Yang ended his candidacy in view of the poor performance after the New Hampshire primaries.

Deval Patrick

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

Even later than Bloomberg, another aspirant entered the presidential race: Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had officially announced his application for the Democratic Party's US presidential nomination in an online video. He emphasized his childhood in poverty in Chicago. The popular first black governor of Massachusetts is considered a politically moderate and close confidante of Barack Obama. However, he was also eliminated after the second primary in New Hampshire.