Not even one day after Democratic presidential contender Eric Swalwell announced that he would be withdrawing his bid for the oval office, another candidate had already stepped in to take his place.
On Tuesday, Tom Steyer, a billionaire in his own right, announced he has decided to throw his hat into the ring of an undeniably inflated and overcrowded field of Democratic hopefuls for president.
Going to Twitter to announce the confirmation on Tuesday morning, and including a link to an official campaign video, he Steyer wrote: “it’s true. I’m running for president.”
Steyer has made no apologies or excuses for the fact that he is behind and in line with those supporters of the current "Need To Impeach" campaign directed at the current president. Steyer was initially viewed to be poised to announce his 2020 run in January but ended up backing off the announcement.
With recent events and Biden's recent dip in the polls, it would appear the Democratic field is in desperate need of a real front-runner, causing the 62-year-old to make the definitive leap into the trenches. With so many candidates in the running for the bid, experts say that Steyer is going to have to work extra diligently to carve out his niche and have himself and his points heard above the current crowd.
Unfortunately, one of Steyer’s most current and crucial focused issue is that of climate change. With this issue having been already claimed by another candidate, Jay Inslee, Steyer may have to shift his gears and come up with another selling point to push.
As fate would have it, Inslee has hired individuals that previously worked for Steyer’s NextGen America. Those include Alex Fujinaka, who will be serving as Inslee’s deputy political director, as well as Maggie Thomas, who will serve as deputy policy director.
Steyer has been very vocal about what he classifies and characterizes as a climate crisis, but has not stated that he is currently on board with the New Green Deal of AOC's. With other higher-profile candidates supporting the NGD, such as Vermont's Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, he will have to try and promote his version of climate change suggestions. As for the NGD, in February The Hill reported that Steyer’s referred to it as a “first draft.”
After Politico pretty much let the cat out of the bag on Monday, stating that Steyer was in fact considering a run at the oval office in 2020, he made his official announcement.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Is the fact that the Democratic field of hopefuls is so large going to work against the party in 2020?