“The opportunities for the next president are enormous. We can show worldwide leadership.”
— Senator Elizabeth Warren, on whether it’s possible for the next president to help stop climate change.
There are a lot of Democrats running for president of the United States. And as someone with a middling understanding of politics (especially around this newsroom), I often languish somewhere between glazed over and confused during election seasons. This time around is no different, except my frustrations are worse than usual.
Why? Because with multiple women as serious contenders for the first time, I want to understand what’s happening in a way I never have. And I know I’m not alone.
That’s why The New York Times tracked down 21 of the 22 candidates (Joe Biden was the only one to decline) and asked them the same 18 questions. Questions like: In an ideal world, would anyone own handguns? Do you think President Trump has committed crimes in office? It was like a job interview — on camera — to learn why each one of them believes they should lead the country.
Before the candidates face off next week in their first debates, here are some of the main takeaways about the country’s most pressing issues from the six women running — in their words.
Click here to read the full article published by The New York Times on 21 June 2019.