Democratic insiders believe as many as 30 candidates may compete in the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential primaries, but as it stands, they're not really thrilled about the crop of potential candidates, according to The Hill.
What did they say?
A little more than a year after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, Democrats are focused on rebuilding their party from the ground up. They're searching for a fresh candidate with fresh ideas to challenge President Donald Trump and the strong coalition he built in 2016.
But as it stands, the party hasn't found their man — or woman.
"You have a bunch of Celine Dions but there’s no Beatles," Phil Singer, a Democratic strategist who served on Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, told The Hill.
But other strategists aren't as pessimistic. Democratic strategist Brad Bannon recently told reporters, according to the Daily Caller, that the DNC will need a Bernie Sanders-esque candidate for 2020.
"His people have never gone away. And he has a loyal core following out there that will be with him come hell or high water," Bannon said. "The Sanders wing is becoming the dominant wing of the party."
But Sanders may not be a viable option. There's the fact that he lost the 2016 Democratic nomination, plus his age doesn't play in his favor. Sanders, 76, will be 78 when the 2020 primaries begin. So, if the DNC wants a Sanders-like candidate, they'll likely have to look elsewhere.
Who are the current slate of potential candidates?
In addition to Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden's name has been tossed around as a potential frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Biden chose not to run in 2016, but has since expressed regret over that decision.
Then there are some of the younger faces. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), though in just her first year in Congress, has extreme support among both moderate Democrats and the progressives who align themselves with Sanders. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has also had his name tossed in the 2020 ringer. Earlier reports indicated he is the favorite of former President Barack Obama.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is also a name commonly tossed around when talking election 2020. She is also a very popular among progressive Democrats. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), one of the final candidates in 2016 to be Clinton's running mate, is another Democrat that insiders believe would appeal to the entire Democratic Party.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was also a name many circulated when discussing 2020, but after a slew of sexual harassment allegations and calls to resign, he will probably never run for the White House.
There are numerous other potential candidates, though many of them don't yet have the national support to lay the foundation for a successful 2020 presidential campaign.