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The Democrats are preparing to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 US Presidential election. While united by party, the contenders are divided on how they plan to take the US forward. So, who are the possible top candidates? What are their policies and what do they represent? And could they beat Donald Trump in an election?

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What does Tom Steyer stand for? Steyer has the funds and resources to become the Democratic nominee.
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Tom Steyer is a political outsider

Steyer is a political outsider. This resonates with voters.
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Context

Trump's presidency challenged traditional wisdom about the amount that experience, whether political or military, matters to voters in a Presidential candidate.

The Argument

Trump's election proved that a political outsider can be appealing to voters. Steyer has never held elected office, and therefore is uncorrupted by years of being in the trenches of Capitol Hill.. He will not have to bow to anyone for fear of upsetting D.C. insiders. His experience as a businessman will enable him to confront Trump head-on.[1] He is not 'all politics' - he is real. He has the resources and funds to run a campaign, despite his outsider status.[2]

Counter arguments

Being an outsider is not necessarily an advantage. Being a billionaire outsider may not be appealing to Democratic voters at a time that many are calling for dramatically increased efforts to fight inequality.[3] Additionally, typically political experience helps candidates, particularly Democratic candidates.[4] He also does not possess the name recognition that has helped Trump.

Premises

[P1] Steyer is a political outsider. [P2] This will appeal to the voters as political outsiders become increasingly appealing.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Political outsiders are not necessarily appealing to voters.

References

  1. https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2020/01/06/election-2020-tom-steyer-concludes-5-day-people-over-profits-bus-tour-iowa-debate-nears/2825723001/
  2. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-tom-steyer-could-win-the-2020-democratic-primary/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/us/politics/tom-steyer-2020-campaign.html
  4. https://www.vox.com/mischiefs-of-faction/2018/4/20/17261870/inexperienced-candidates-republicans

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