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Handicapping the Democratic candidates for the presidency in 2020

Assembly-line jobs will not be coming back because of negotiating better trade deals, ending immigration or disavowing climate change and allowing companies to flaunt environmental rules and regulations. The primary reason for the decline of Rust Belt-type jobs is automation and it is inevitable.

Democrats need to make it clear that they do not view working-class Trump voters as "deplorables," but instead see them as deserving of the American Dream. They need to clearly articulate a comprehensive program to help those who lost their jobs by re-tooling for the future. It should include providing a combination of health care subsidies and scholarship assistance for their children.

Unless Democrats are able to convince economically anxious working-class white voters that they are in their corner and prepared to help them, they will lose again in 2020. Here's my early handicapping of the field of potential Democratic candidates, based on who would be most likely to appeal to Trump supporters motivated by economic issues. I've listed them from longest to best shot, as of this time.

Senator Tim Kaine - He is solid, but not a superstar. His performance in the 2016 presidential campaign was adequate, not awe-inspiring. He is a good number two, not necessarily a number one.

Former Vice President Joe Biden - At 77 he'd be too old to run for the presidency in 2020. His only strategy would be for him to announce that he would only serve one term. Democrats need someone with his grass-roots appeal among blue-collar voters.

Senator Bernie Sanders - If 77 is too old, than 79 is far too old. A candidate is needed with Bernie's views, temperament and ability to plainly express his views on the importance of having a pro-active government that is committed to taking care of its people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo - He has the credentials to run - head of a big state, from a well-established family, ambitious and smart. He is not beloved by the liberal wing of the Party, including New York City Bill de Blasio, who sees him as a centrist.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - She replaced Hillary Clinton in the Senate in 2009 and has made fighting sexual assault in military her signature issue. She has become more liberal since entering the Senate from the House where she represented a fairly conservative district. She is now a middle-of- the-road Democrat who is considered by some as too friendly with Wall Street.

Senator Cory Booker - Just 47, Booker has experience as a big-city mayor (not a stellar record) and senator. He is very media-savvy - some would say too media-savvy - and is more of a show horse than a work horse. Progressives view him as an unabashed defender of Wall Street and Big Pharma (he voted against buying drugs from Canada). Others see him as someone who could bridge a gap between progressives and centrists.

Senator Elizabeth Warren - The Massachusetts senior senator is beloved by the left because of her unflinching attacks on banks and the financial industry. She has shown a willingness to get under President Trump's skin via Twitter. She will be 71 at the time of the next election, but 3 years younger than Trump.

Governor John Hickenlooper - He is the extremely popular down-to- earth two-term chief executive of Colorado, which is considered a key battleground state. He is little known outside of his home state. He was re-elected in 2014 and is limited to two terms.

Former Governor Daval Patrick - POLITICO has reported that the Obama camp is actively pushing the former two-term progressive African-American Governor of Massachusetts (from 2007-2015).

Senator Amy Klobuchar - She is the extremely popular, practical, highly respected Progressive two-term senator from Minnesota. She is a former county prosecutor who has a low national profile. She is up for re-election in 2018.

Senator Sherrod Brown - His blue-collar Ohio roots and strong labor credentials could help with disaffected white voters and he could also put Ohio back in play. Brown is up for his third term in 2018 and first has to win re-election in what will be a highly contested race.

Long shot candidates include: former Senator-elect Kamala Harris (California), Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut), Governor Jerry Brown (California), former NYC City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the incomparable Oprah Winfrey.

If the Democratic Party is going to defeat President Trump in 2020, they need a clear message and a messenger, who will appeal to white working-class Trump voters who voted Democratic in the past. Opposing President Trump will not be enough. Pat Caddell, a longtime Democrat pollster in a recent interview of Breitbart News Daily concluded that, "What's missing is a positive vision of restoring my party to what it once was, truly the party of the common man, as opposed to a party of ... bi-coastal elites" that relies on "divisive identity politics to win."

With this in mind, I feel if the Democrats are going to win in 2020 they need to nominate a candidate from the heartland of America with a bold non-condescending message that he or she will provide relief from the burdens and uncertainties of the modern economy to average families.