SEATTLE, Washington — With the 2020 presidential election in sight, numerous candidates have been coming forth to challenge President Trump for his position. A key issue to look out for this election is these candidates’ stances on global poverty. The following is a list of the global poverty platforms some of these candidates have put forth.
Candidates’ Stances on Global Poverty
- Michael Bennet – Bennet has worked in the past to shed light on the importance of addressing global poverty. The Colorado Senator holds that global poverty and hunger can be reduced by outlining trade policies. In 2015, Bennet even proposed an amendment to make poverty the center of focus in international trade agreements.
- Pete Buttigieg – Buttigieg is one of the few candidates to release a comprehensive foreign policy plan. His plan emphasizes the importance of strengthening international relationships to address global issues like poverty. His policy proposals have centered on rebuilding international relations, specifically in the Middle East, to ensure global prosperity. Buttigieg seeks to repeal Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). AUMF allows presidents the power to militarily intervene in countries whenever they feel it is necessary. Buttigieg feels that past presidents have exploited AUM., As a result, they have made diplomatic relations with the Middle East increasingly hostile. Buttigieg also wishes to recommit the U.S. to the Iran nuclear deal.
- Julian Castro – Castro has pushed for a modern-day Marshall Plan to aid countries in Central America. He wants to provide struggling countries in Central America with resources to create stability and beneficial partnerships in these regions. Part of this plan would consist of using existing funds more effectively in these countries. The program would specifically target Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras because these countries have been the source of most illegal U.S. immigrants. Castro sees the countries of Central America as future partners for the U.S. The former mayor of San Antonio has gone on record saying, “throughout our history, the United States has benefited from having stronger relationships, including investments from Europe, that have kept us and the world safer and benefited us economically. I believe it is time to look at Latin America in the same way.”
- Tulsi Gabbard – Gabbard has been an outstanding advocate for ending interventionist wars. She believes these interventions have resulted in wasteful spending and have only made things worse in developing countries. Gabbard sites countries like Iraq and Libya as key examples. In her opinion, U.S. intervention in these countries has increased human suffering and resulted in the failed state of Libya.
- John Delaney – Delaney has called for the U.S. to do more than merely reverse failed foreign policies. He believes that it is important to work diligently to rebuild foreign alliances. Delany holds that, as a supreme global power, the U.S. has a large role to play in handling global issues. The U.S. Representative himself has said, “As a great nation, we must be a responsible nation. […] If political leaders instead shirk these responsibilities – and engage in irresponsible behavior – our country suffers as does the world.” Delaney remains optimistic in regards to the future of global poverty. The Representative affirms that the global poverty rate was 66 percent in 1950; now, that rate has fallen to 10 percent. These results are impressive, but by no means does Delany think the job is done. If elected president, Delany intends to address global poverty by launching a stabilization plan for Central America.
This list of the 2020 presidential candidates’ stances on global poverty depicts the array of positions these candidates have taken on global poverty. These contrasting approaches only go to show what a major and complex issue global poverty is. It can be expected that more will be heard about these candidates’ stances as the race continues to heat up.
– Gabriella Gonzalez