2020 Candidate CampaignPUBLISHED MAY 30, 2019

Jay Inslee’s pitch for 2020

The Elephant in the Room

There’s only roughly a million people running for president this year. And Inslee is not a candidate who people, you know, know. He has an iffy track record when it comes to actually getting some of his climate ideas passed. Plus there’s evidence that centering his entire campaign on one issue may not resonate with voters.

The 2020 Policies

On climate change...it’s only the basis for his entire campaign. He’s unveiled multiple plans, including one that’s 38 pages long. Not a typo. The gist: create 8 million jobs in the next decade focused on green energy. As in doing things like building solar panels and electric cars. Also shut down coal-fired power plants by 2030, and have all new cars sold in the US doing the electric slide.


On everything else...he’s got some ideas. But ultimately, remember climate change?


On reproductive care...
as president, he’d make a woman’s right to choose an “enforced civil right.”


On gun control...
he doesn’t want to arm teachers and thinks schools need more counselors on hand to help students deal with any “psychological and emotional pressures.”


On student debt...
he wants it to go Washington’s way or the highway. As governor, he recently signed off on a law that will give free tuition at public schools for families making about $50,000 a year or less.

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Inslee is not here for the single-issue criticism. He says addressing climate change inherently means also addressing the economy, health care, and national security. His extensive climate plan has received praise for its actionable policy and fast timeline. Time will tell whether it’s enough for his campaign to break through the crowd.

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