Meet the dogs of the 2020 presidential election
Bailey, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s golden retriever, made a stop at Drake University one week before the Iowa caucuses. Des Moines Register
With the 2020 election looming, we can't help but ask one important question — will one of these pups be the nation's new first dog? One thing's for sure: These furry companions of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are all very good girls and boys.
Let us introduce the dogs of this election cycle:
Michael Bennet and Pepper
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet promised his three daughters a pet after the 2010 election. The family adopted Pepper from a prison program that rescues dogs from shelters along with a cat, Captain Flint.
Joe Biden and Major
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden posted in December 2018 that he and his family had adopted Major, "a German Shepherd we rescued a few months back."
The Bidens have long had an affinity for German shepherds: Biden first adopted Champ — also a German shepherd — back in 2008 shortly after he was elected as vice president.
Pete Buttigieg and Buddy and Truman
When asked what he missed most about home on the trail, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor returned the love: “Dogs, right? You need creatures in your life that don’t care about politics, and the dogs provide that.”
Elizabeth Warren and Bailey
Warren's golden retriever, Bailey, was present for her 2020 candidacy announcement and has been along on the campaign trail ever since, even hosting a behind-the-scenes look at Warren's first campaign speech.
Bailey accompanied her human (as well as Netflix star Jonathan Van Ness) on the campaign trail in Iowa in late January.
and, of course, Griff!
There's one other very important dog in this election cycle: Griff, Drake University's live mascot (and a very good boy). Read more about him here.
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And a few more pups we love, whose humans are no longer running for president ...
Beto O’Rourke and Artemis
The former representative from Texas and his family share their home with Artemis, a 4-year-old pup, as well as Silver the cat. They recently said goodbye to Rosie, a 16-year-old dog O'Rourke honored with a post on his Instagram.
Joe Sestak and Belle
Sestak posted a video on Twitter introducing the world to his dog, Belle. The cockapoo was a present to his daughter, Alex, for her third birthday. Belle is 15 now, Alex says, and "doing well for a lady of a certain age."
Tim Ryan and Bear and Buckeye
Ryan features his two dogs, Bear and Buckeye (aptly named for the representative from Ohio), prominently on his Instagram. Ryan says in a tweet that the pair were adopted from a shelter in Struthers, Ohio, and encourages others looking for a fluffy companion to adopt, not shop.