Health Care

Health care has dominated the Democratic presidential campaign since the race began. Democratic candidates agree on the need for more government involvement in health care but disagree over how much.

FILE - U.S. Marines stand guard during a change-of-command ceremony at Task Force Southwest military field in Shorab military camp of Helmand province, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP)


More than 2,400 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan since 2001. Democrats are divided about how and when to bring troops home.

FILE — A missile is fired during the test of a multiple rocket launcher in this undated photo. (KCNA / Reuters)

Geopolitical threats

Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are the countries cited by Democratic candidates as the top geopolitical threats.

FILE — Asia World port terminal seen in Yangon December 8, 2015. (Reuters)

Trade with Asia (TPP)

The issue of international trade has dominated headlines in recent years, with Democrats split over the benefits of free trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

FILE — Israeli heavy machinery demolish vacant apartment blocs by order of Israel's high court, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah July 29, 2015. (Reuters)

Israel-Palestinian relations

The Democratic candidates largely favor the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a final Middle East peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

FILE - President Hassan Rouhani visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside of Bushehr, Iran on Jan. 13, 2015. (AP)

Iran Nuclear Deal

Much of the 2020 field of Democrats would like to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement that the United States withdrew from under President Donald Trump.

Students attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, the latest indication that rising college tuition costs, low graduation rates and poor job prospects are getting more and more students over their heads in debt. (AP)

Higher education

With the costs of higher education ballooning, Democratic candidates are offering an array of proposals to try to make college more affordable.


The issue of whether or not to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump has united Democrats in the wake of the Ukraine aid scandal.

Climate change

Climate change, usually not at the forefront of election issues, has taken a larger footprint in the 2020 election cycle.


See where the candidates stand on two immigration issues, a topic of growing importance to voters.