Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 campaign

Two years out from a presidential election isn’t stopping some Democrats from making their White House ambitions known.

Just days after midterm elections, Democrats are openly discussing a run against President Donald Trump. Among those considering campaigns are U.S. senators, including New Jersey’s Cory Booker, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and California’s Kamala Harris.

The open discussion of potential White House plans so early is a switch from the past when politicians were coy about presidential ambitions. Usually advisers labored to keep meetings with donors and potential staff under wraps ahead of formal, carefully choreographed campaign announcements.

What’s different ahead of the 2020 presidential election? An urgency to unseat Trump and the prospect of a historically large primary field that could easily include two dozen Democratic hopefuls.

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