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

Michael Bloomberg

Pete Buttigieg

John Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard

Amy Klobuchar

Deval Patrick

Bernie Sanders

Tom Steyer

Elizabeth Warren


Donald Trump

Bill Weld

Former Candidates

Cory Booker

Steve Bullock

Julián Castro

Bill de Blasio

Kirsten Gillibrand

Kamala Harris

John Hickenlooper

Jay Inslee

Beto O’Rourke

Tim Ryan

Eric Swalwell

Marianne Williamson

Andrew Yang