The 2020 Presidential election is still in its beginning stages, but several Democratic party contenders already tossed their hats into the ring and participated in the first of several debates on June 26th. While only one of these people will eventually face off against incumbent Donald Trump next year, it’s important for voters to learn as much as they can about each candidate, regardless of a particular party affiliation.

NEWSREP created this overview of a few Democratic candidates who announced their bids with a focus on the issues we feel are important to you, our readers. This list isn’t intended to be an all-encompassing collection of information about the candidates–at press time, there were an unprecedented 25 top contenders–but rather a quick reference guide as to their positions regarding these specific issues. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Bio: From 2009 to 2017, Biden was the 47th vice president. Before that, he was a long-serving Democratic senator from Delaware. He’s run for president twice before: once in the 1980s, and again in 2007 before eventually dropping out to join Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Biden suffered several personal tragedies in his life, including the deaths of his first wife, Neilia, his daughter Naomi, and most recently his son, Beau.
Military experience: Never served
Views on foreign policy: According to Biden’s 2020 campaign campaign website, he feels the United States should lead the world by example, especially on issues such as “Inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.” Biden’s website also says he wishes to renew partnerships with allied countries. On military deployment, he appears to be opposed military intervention unless a situation arises which is of “vital national security interest.”
Views on gun control: Biden generally favors the assault weapon ban, as well as closing the gun show loophole. According to a report from the Washington Examiner, Biden recently suggested using “fingerprint-locked guns” to prevent shootings.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Bio: Booker served as Mayor of Newark, New Jersey from 2006 to 2013 before becoming the state’s junior U.S. Senator in 2013. He sits on the following U.S. Senate Committees: Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Environment and Public Works.
Military experience: Never served
Views on foreign policy: Booker has spoken out against violent extremist and terrorist groups. He believes Congress needs to authorize the U.S. military to fight against ISIS, and has pushed for more aggressive measures to combat extremists utilizing social media for recruitment and propaganda. Booker is also a supporter of the United States’ relationship with key allies, including Israel.
Views on gun control: Booker is in favor of expanded background checks for perspective firearms buyers and has advocated against certain concealed carry policies. He also pitched a federal firearm licensure policy which, according to a report from The New York Times, would require potential gun buyers to acquire a license for a weapon before being allowed to purchase one.