Election 2020: Candidates' Opening Arguments In this Morning Edition series, NPR hosts talk to 2020 presidential candidates about their core campaign messages.
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Election 2020: Opening Arguments

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a late entry to the 2020 race, hopes his red-state credentials will help him connect with voters. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Steve Bullock Vows To Disentangle 'Dark Money' From Politics

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stands for a portrait in Washington D.C. Shuran Huang/NPR hide caption

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Buttigieg Proposes Broad Plan To Counter Racial Inequality

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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke hopes that his face-to-face approach and grassroots fundraising will set him apart from the other Democratic presidential contenders. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Beto O'Rourke Calls For A 'Moonshot' To Combat Climate Change

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces his run for the 2020 presidency at A&R Solar on March 1 in Seattle. He says tackling climate change should be "Job 1" for the next president. Karen Ducey/Getty Images hide caption

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Gov. Jay Inslee Says Washington State Is A 'Template For Success' For The U.S.

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says Democrats need to focus on "kitchen table issues" like jobs in order to beat President Trump in 2020. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Former Colorado Governor And 2020 Candidate Urges Distance From 'Socialism'

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, pictured at a forum in Las Vegas on April 27, says he wants to decriminalize illegal border crossings. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Julián Castro Wants To Redefine Which Immigrants Have 'Merit'

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., says if she becomes president she would only appoint judges and justices who would maintain Roe v. Wade. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Kirsten Gillibrand Says If Trump Wants A War With America's Women, 'He Will Lose'

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Amy Klobuchar Runs On A Record Of Accomplishments — Including With Republicans

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2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke with NPR. Amr Alfiky/NPR hide caption

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Bernie Sanders Pledges To Do A Better Job Of Explaining Socialism

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In her bid for the presidency, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing for a breakup of big tech companies, including Facebook and Amazon. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Blasts Big Tech, Advocates Taxing Rich In 2020 Race

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Sen. Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, says she was "born realizing the flaws in the criminal justice system." The California Democrat is not only seeking to become the first woman to be president, but the first black woman. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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In Pitch For President, Sen. Kamala Harris Focuses On Criminal Justice, Inequality

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"You can judge a lot by a country by who they incarcerate," Cory Booker tells NPR. Amr Alfiky/NPR hide caption

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Sen. Cory Booker Promises To Bring America Together. But How?

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