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Points for Originality… but Does It Add Up to Votes?

Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are quite original when it comes to their tweets. But they’ll have to increase their volume on Twitter to compete with Trump in 2020.

The majority of the rumored 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have one thing in common when it comes to their Twitter strategy: they tweet original content far more often than they retweet.

The one exception among these presidential hopefuls? Former HUD secretary Julian Castro, whose retweets account for 72.23% of his total Twitter activity this past week.

But when it comes to tweet volume, the Democratic presidential hopefuls have a long way to go to catch up with President Trump. The group tweeted an average of 22.6 times this week, compared to 67 tweets from the Tweeter in Chief.

While the potential Democratic candidates may get points for their originality, they’ll need to increase their volume to compete with Trump in 2020.

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Medicare Is Over the Hill

As Medicare turned 53 last week, the potential Democratic presidential candidates celebrated the occasion … on Twitter. The group reflected on the program’s mission from its inception in 1965 and warned that President Trump is seeking to cut important Medicare benefits.

It appears Medicare’s birthday made health care top of mind for Trump’s potential 2020 challengers, with terms such as “health care,” “Medicare,” “child care” and “veteran care” among the most popular this past week.

While these potential presidential candidates focused on how the current state of health care is affecting the country, President Trump’s tweets tell a much different story.

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March Rallies Presidential Hopefuls, While Trump Stays Silent

Hundreds of thousands of people came together on March 24 for March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., along with 800+ sibling marches across the globe, to urge members of Congress to take action to stem gun violence in schools.

The demonstration—led mainly by teenagers from all over the country—was a hot topic of Twitter discussion for the 26 potential Democratic presidential candidates we’re tracking; however, it failed to draw the same attention from the president himself.

Trump stayed silent on the issue last week, with no gun- or march-related tweets. His potential 2020 challengers, on the other hand, together had about 60 tweets on the issue.