The Democratic primaries are in full swing, and it feels like every day brings us a fresh supply of fluctuating poll standings, debate zingers, and cheeky memes. But do you really KNOW these candidates? Keep reading to find out…
Name: Bernie Sanders
Current position: Senator (I-VT) in Vermont
Known to say: “Not Me. Us.”
Key Issues: Medicare for all, free tuition, ending corruption
Viral Moment: Pretty much everything he said at the October Democratic Debate
Weird but true: In 1987, while serving as Mayor of Burlington, he released a folk album. Ah, Vermont! Bet you didn’t know: His SNL counterpart (Larry David) is actually a distant cousin.
Name: Elizabeth Warren
Current position: Senator (D-MA) in Massachusetts
Known to say: “I’ve got a plan for that.”
Key Issues: Medicare for all & student loan reform
Viral Moment: When responding to the notion that marriage is between one man and one woman, she said, “I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that. And I’m going to say, then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that… if you can find one.” Bet you didn’t know: Her dog Bailey has his own Twitter account Drinks out of her: Billionaire Tears Mug
Name: Joe Biden
Current position: Former VP, Former Senator from Delaware.
Known to call things: “a bunch of malarkey”
Key Issues: Electability
Viral Moment:Elevator selfie with this supporter
Fun Fact: He’s the longest serving senator in Delaware Favorite food: Ice cream. Go head, click that link. You’re welcome.
Name: Amy Klobuchar
Current position: Senator (D-MN) in Minnesota
Known to say: “When it’s for the good of your state, you put partisan differences aside.”
Key Issues: Immigration, climate change, reproductive rights
Viral Moment:When #45 called her a “Snowman(woman)”, she replied“Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues). And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard? ”
Shots fired: That time she said that a woman with Pete Buttegieg’s political record wouldn’t have even made it to the debate stage. Hey now!
Bet you didn’t know: She’s funny
Name: Pete Buttegieg
Current position: Former Mayor of South Bend Indiana
Known to say: “It’s not just about winning an election. It’s about winning an era.”
Key Issues: Climate change, economic opportunity
Millennial Moment: Met his partner on a dating app
Favorite Radiohead album: Hail to the Thief (deep cut, Pete)
Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff
Name: Mike Bloomberg
Current position: Former mayor of New York City
Known to say: “We will go forward… we will never go back.”
Key Issues: Gun control, Climate change
Fun fact: He holds a commercial pilot’s license and flies his own Agusta A109S helicopter.
Bet you didn’t know: As Mayor of New York, he took home just $1/ year.