On Presidents Day, let’s consider what we should be looking for in our 2020 candidates

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One thing that is extraordinary about the campaign shaping up is the unprecedented number of women who have announced — six at last count: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and the self-help and spirituality book author Marianne Williamson. Also running are Sen. Cory Booker, who is black; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who is Latino; and former tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who is Asian American. So, consider that on this Presidents Day, the overwhelming majority of candidates officially running for president are people of color or women or, like Harris, both. How stunning is that? Of course, that balance will change in a twinkling as an array of white male candidates, some poised to be front-runners, enter the race in the weeks ahead. But the historic cultural and ethnic widening of the playing field was hard-won and worth celebrating on Presidents Day.



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