As the race for president comes to a full boil, some candidates are being steamed off, while others have managed to stay in the pot. Here are five big highlights that are sure to shape the race as things become more concentrated.
1.) Trump has accepted big business money this time around, a tactic he previously scoffed. This means two things. First, Trump now not only has his own fortune to play with, but the fortune of a well funded super PAC as well. Second, this means that big business is hedging its bets on Trump’s re-election which might help keep the economy strong despite a gloomy forecast.
2.) The DNC has set the criteria needed to qualify for the first presidential primary debates. They have not said which candidates have actually qualified yet, but POLITICO counts 18 who have most likely made it: Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang.
3.) Biden is in the lead, but taking a lot of heat for it. Since being repeatedly labeled as “the only real threat to Trump” in 2020, Biden has started taking attacks from all sides. A recent example would be Trump’s personal lawyer/attack dog, Rudy Giuliani, accusing Biden of previously “pressuring the Ukrainian government to oust its top prosecutor as part of a broad anti-corruption push by the US, [while] his son Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian company under investigation by that same prosecutor.” These attacks mean biden’s lead might not last too long if another scandal hits.
4.) Ocasio-Cortez, a big player for the progressive left, hasn’t endorsed a candidate yet. She said that she would probably wait until New York votes next year before making a decision. This has not stopped her from working with some of the candidates while they are still doing their jobs as senators, and those joint-effort bills are getting the spotlight. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, for example, are using a new bill to address an issue that many voters care about; capping credit card interest rates at 15%. Moves like this could make or break some of the Senator candidates chances as time goes on.
5.) The top four candidates for the democrats to watch are Bernie, Joe, Kamala, and Liz. According to Politico From Jan. 1 to April 30, they “accounted for more than half the primary field’s traditional news media mentions.” This shows which candidates have held America’s attention in the media and which have failed to garner much media coverage.