CNN talking heads seemed consumed with one thing in response to a new poll by the network on potential Democratic candidates for president in 2020.
In a panel discussion on “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper on Sunday, CNN contributor and former Sen. Ted Cruz staffer, Amanda Carpenter, declared that it was “odd” to find that “three white guys are leading the top” of the poll of Democratic contenders.
CNN host Jake Tapper agreed, pointing a video clip featuring more discussion of the race of candidates with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Democrat told CNN’s Van Jones that she was worried about a lack of diversity in the poll’s top potential candidates.
According to a new CNN poll, former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke are the top three potential 2020 Democratic candidates.
“In a party as diverse as ours, does it worry you to see the top three being white guys?” Jones asked Gillibrand, who replied “yes.”
“I aspire for our country to recognize the beauty of our diversity at some point in the future and I hope someday we have a woman president,” she responded Friday.
“I love the fact that Barack Obama was our president for eight years, I hope more people of color not only aspire [but] win the presidency, because that’s what makes America so extraordinary, that we are all of that, we are everything, and I think a more inclusive America is a stronger America,” the Democrat, who is herself a potential presidential candidate, added.
Former White House Communications Director, Jen Psaki, told the CNN panel that Democrats will most likely look at candidates who are able to grassroots organize across the country, prompting further discussion.
“As somebody who moderated the debate with 11 candidates on stage, I hope they figure it out better than that because that was very difficult to do a debate with 11 candidates on stage, Tapper told the panel. “Wouldn’t Donald Trump be most threatened by somebody who wasn’t a white man? Doesn’t that pose, electorally, a bigger challenge for him?”
David Urban, a former Trump campaign strategist noted that the big question and electoral challenge would be who will win in the swing states.
While many potential candidates have taken some steps toward running, the top contenders have done nothing formal to declare they are, in fact, running for president.
“I’m definitely thinking about it of course,” Gillibrand told Jones. “And I’m going to think about over the holidays with my children and my husband and I will make a decision soon.”