2020 presidential candidates

Mark Sanford is running for president, here are some congressional basics

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., left, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with members of the House Freedom Caucus hold a news conference on Affordable Care Act replacement legislation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Republican presidential primary field looks small next to the Democrats, but at least one more player is joining. On Sunday, former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford announced his candidacy.

Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of Democratic presidential race
New York senator had stressed women’s rights and her appeal to Trump voters in her campaign

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is ending her presidential campaign. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday after failing to make the third round of the Democratic primary debates.

Gillibrand is the fourth presidential candidate to exit the contest in recent days, following former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton. Just 10 candidates appear to have qualified for the upcoming debate in September due to higher polling and donor thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee.

Joe Walsh is challenging Donald Trump, here are some congressional basics
Walsh served only one term in Congress as part of the tea party wave of 2010

Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., speaks at a news conference with other House Republicans in the Capitol Visitor Center on the topics of a proposed balanced budget amendment and also the ongoing debt ceiling talks. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Former Illinois Republican Representative Joe Walsh took a dive into the presidential pool Sunday by announcing a primary challenge to President Donald Trump.

When Kamala Harris lost on election night, but won three weeks later
Her nail-biting 2010 victory for California attorney general raised her national profile

Kamala Harris, here campaigning in Los Angeles in September 2010, came under fire in her race for state attorney for her record as San Francisco district attorney. (Jason Redmond/AP file photo)

This is the fourth installment in “Battle Tested,” a series analyzing early campaigns of some Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination. Earlier pieces focused on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Cory Booker and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

In November 2008, Kamala Harris was sprinting through Burbank airport with her campaign adviser, Ace Smith.

Politics aside, everyone hates burpees

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts discuss men's health with Clyde McGrady. (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call)

It's 7 a.m. on a Wednesday and the sun isn't even warm yet. Do you know where your congressman is? He might be working out outside Longworth while Rep. Markwayne Mullin makes fun of him.

Michael Bennet is running for president, here are some congressional basics
Eye on 2020

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., arrives for a vote in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 28. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's announcement that he's running for president makes him the 21st Democrat and the 11th sitting member of Congress to vie for the nomination. Bennet, who was recently given a clean bill of health after surgery for prostate cancer, is making health care a central issue of his campaign. He cites his opposition to GOP efforts to roll back the 2010 health care law as a motivation for running.

2020 Democrats showcase campaign styles in Barr hearing
Three presidential contenders questioned attorney general about Mueller findings

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., looks over papers before the start of the Senate Judiciary hearing with Attorney General William Barr. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Three presidential contenders were in the national spotlight Wednesday thanks to their day jobs as senators. And the questions they directed at Attorney General William Barr highlighted how each is also approaching the race to take on President Donald Trump. 

Barr sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for a daylong hearing. He faced questions over his conclusions about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign, and whether the president obstructed that probe.