Democratic Party (United States)

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Democratic Party
Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)
Founder Andrew Jackson
Secretary Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (MD)
President of the United States Barack Obama (IL)[1]
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden (DE)[1]
Senate leader Minority Leader
Harry Reid (NV)
House leader Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (CA)
Founded 1801
Ideology Liberalism

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 became President in 2009.

Philosophy and role in government[change | change source]

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".

Democratic beliefs[change | change source]

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
  • Limited rights to Abortion
  • Restrictions of weapons use 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.

Symbols[change | change source]

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 Presidents[change | change source]

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 Politicians[change | change source]

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

Former Democrats[change | change source]

Republican Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat

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Other websites[change | change source]

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