2020 Presidential Election

The 2020 presidential election is still well over a year away, but over 20 candidates have already entered the race and begun to lay out their policy platforms.

Spotlight has worked to catalogue the views of President Donald Trump and his challengers across a range of poverty-related policy questions. Additionally, we’ve highlighted their previous work around these issues to understand not only their current positions but also what they’ve prioritized in the past.

Click on the candidates’ names below to see how they stack up on issues like job creation, health care and the social safety net. And be sure to check back regularly as we continue to update the pages with new information and relevant news clips.


Michael Bennet

Joe Biden

Cory Booker

Pete Buttigieg

Steve Bullock

Julián Castro

John Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard

Kamala Harris

Amy Klobuchar

Deval Patrick

Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Warren

Marianne Williamson

Andrew Yang


Donald Trump

Bill Weld

Former Candidates

Kirsten Gillibrand

Jay Inslee

Bill de Blasio

Eric Swalwell

Beto O’Rourke

John Hickenlooper

Tim Ryan