Choosing a nominee

During the next 14 months, Democratic Party presidential contenders will probably bring similar messages to New Hampshire voters. They will most likely say something like:

“Donald Trump is a terrible president. He is wrong for America.”

Our reaction to this statement will probably be something like:

“What makes you different from the other candidates who do not like President Trump? Why should New Hampshire voters support you instead of them?”

We are not sure how many Democratic candidates will actually end up running, but information compiled from national media outlets indicates these individuals are considering the race: former Vice President Joe Biden, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, current NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, outgoing Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former U.S. HUD Secretary Julian Castro and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

As for sitting members of the U.S. House considering the Democratic race, the list includes U.S. Reps. Beto O’ Rourke of Texas, Tim Ryan of Ohio, John Delaney of Maryland, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Eric Swalwell of California.

Members of the U.S. Senate reportedly exploring Democratic presidential runs are Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

We hope these individuals will give state voters reasons to support them beyond the simple “Donald Trump is bad” argument.