My Thoughts on the Democratic Presidential Field for 2020

Of the 40,000 Democratic candidates running for president in 2020, CNN invited five of them to a town hall meeting last night.

I’ve been a Republican since Barry Goldwater, which gives you a clue of my age and leanings.  But party loyalty aside and by chance, I happened upon the CNN Democratic Candidates Town Hall last night.  These are my impressions of the five candidates on the program in the order that they appeared:

Amy Klobuchar – I tuned in late, but from the last few minutes of her that I caught, she seems to have a pleasant manner of presenting herself with some humor thrown in.  Conservative columnist George Will wrote four months ago that “Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the person perhaps best equipped to send the current president packing.”  That’s significant coming from George Will.

Elizabeth Warren – Damn!  There’s just something about this strident individual that irritates the Hell out of me.  I had to pour a strong bourbon to keep my blood pressure within safe limits.

Bernie Sanders – If Bellowing Bernie, age 77, ever had an economics class in college, it doesn’t show.  But to give him some credit, I think he sincerely believes in what he’s espousing, and I can see how my liberal friends find him an endearing character.

Kamala Harris – I know little about her, but she has a reasonable, lawyerly manner of presenting her very liberal views.  She’s about as far to the left as Lizzie Warren without the sandpaper.

Pete Buttigieg – Wow!  Harvard, Oxford, Rhodes Scholar, Afghanistan military veteran, successful mayor, articulate.  I respectfully disagree with George Will, above, when he said Klobuchar is the Democrat’s strongest candidate.  I think Buttigieg is the one to watch.

I know that politics is usually a no-no for a business column, so I’m venturing into dangerous territory here.  But with that caveat, let me have your thoughts on these candidates.

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William Bruce is an Accredited Business Intermediary (ABI) and Senior Valuation Analyst (SVA) assisting buyers and sellers of privately held businesses in the transfer of ownership.  His practice includes advisory services nationally on issues of business valuation and transfer.  He currently serves as president of the American Business Brokers Association.  He may be reached at (251) 990-5934 or by email at

About William Bruce

President, American Business Brokers Association / Business Broker and Accredited Business Intermediary assisting business buyers and sellers with the transfer of ownership since 1986 / Author: How to Buy a Business.
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3 Responses to My Thoughts on the Democratic Presidential Field for 2020

  1. updazeupdaze says:

    I wish there were brackets for candidates….would make for some interesting bets, LOL…(bytheway, Bill-thank you for jumping out there and standing up!). My handicap bet: And I do agree with you wholeheartedly, best bet-the final ticket could be Biden/Buttigeig. As for who wins the election, not gonna do it…wouldn’t be prudent…LOL! Keep on writing, Bill, and see you in Orlando next month.

    • Hey, thanks for dropping in. I like your idea of brackets for primaries. I’ll bet that would increase voter turnout. See you in Orlando in a couple of weeks. Looks like a good convention they’ve got planned for us.

  2. From a good friend: “Normally, with age and experience, one tends less to pick up wires lying on the ground to see if they are energized. Not so with my friend W.B. The years have brought to him a boldness and frankness which is refreshing, and scary. I must also add that his political experience gives him a unique and SOMETIMES accurate angle from which to evaluate candidates. We will see.”

    William Bruce replies: Well …. a’hem. Live wires, eh? 😉

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