Democratic Party (United States)

political party in the United States
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Democratic Party
Chairperson Donna Brazile
Founder Andrew Jackson
Secretary Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (MD)
Senate leader Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer (NY)
House leader Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (CA)
Founded 1828
Ideology Liberalism
Progressivism
Website
www.democrats.org

The U.S. Democratic Party is one of the two biggest political parties in the United States. The other is the Republican Party. The U.S. also has several smaller political parties known as "third parties." Supporters of this party are known as Democrats.

Every four years the party holds a National Convention where they agree on their candidate for President. The Democratic National Committee coordinates most of the activities of the Democratic Party in all 50 United States. There have been 15 Democratic presidents, the most recent being Barack Obama, who was President from 2009 to 2017.

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Philosophy and role in governmentEdit

Some Modern Democrats are called "the left", "liberals" or "progressives", even though not all Democrats are left-wing or liberal. In the United States, each of the political parties are large coalitions that cover many different kinds of ideology. A mostly Democratic state is sometimes called a "blue state", this original color scheme was based on Great Britain's political system, which used red to denote the more liberal party and was first used in the 1976 presidential election campaign.

Democratic beliefsEdit

Generally Democrats support:

  • Progressive income tax, increasing overall tax income
  • Higher corporate taxes and recapturing income from overseas profits
  • Expanding spending on government programs
  • Spending on business, education, infrastructure, clean-energy
  • Expanding rights to Abortion
  • Restrictions of weapons use and potentially dangerous users through government oversight
  • Universal healthcare
  • Regulating business and the economy
  • Same-sex marriage

Most support for Democrats comes from states in the Northeast, Northwest and Pacific Coast areas of the USA, but there are Democrats elected to office in all other states too.

SymbolsEdit

 
The symbol of the Democratic Party is the donkey.

The symbol of the Democratic Party is the Donkey. Since the election of 2000, the color blue has become a symbol for Democrats.[source?]

Democratic PresidentsEdit

Presidents during the 19th century
 
President James Monroe was a famous 19th century Democrat.
 
President Bill Clinton
Presidents during the 20th century
Presidents during the 21st century

Other famous Democratic PoliticiansEdit

 
President Barack Obama
 
Vice President Joe Biden
 
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
 
Former senator Daniel Inouye

Former DemocratsEdit

 
Republican Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat

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