Blue Dogs! Meet the 2020 Democratic Canine-didates

Posted by Jessica Roberts

When it comes to “paw-litics,” we like to keep things “fur-iendly.” No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, there’s one thing we can all agree on: dogs are great. So regardless of who earns your 2020 vote, we hope you enjoy this introduction to the Democratic candidates’ best friends … we think they’re all very “e-lick-table!”

Meet Bailey

Running Mate: Elizabeth Warren
“I persist for treats. Because that’s what the goodest of dogs do.” Photo by @elizabethwarren

Elizabeth Warren’s 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Bailey, is running his own campaign for FDOTUS (First Dog of the United States). His Twitter account, @firstdogbailey, has more than 25,000 followers and rumor is he’s already practicing his lines for the oath of office: "I solemnly swear ... to chase every squirrel ... to lick every hand ... and to love all my friends.” Named after Jimmy Stewart’s character in the 1940s classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Bailey has been a fixture of the Warren campaign ever since the candidate and her husband, Bruce Mann, brought him home in 2018.

Bailey is best known for smiling at photo ops with voters and making headlines when a 25-foot tall inflatable likeness of the dog debuted on the campaign trail in Iowa in November 2019.

Meet Buddy & Truman

Running Mate: Pete Buttigieg
Photo by @pete.buttigieg

Heading up the Pups for Pete branch of the campaign. Photo by @pete.buttigieg

Candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten have not one, but two precious campaign “furrogates:” rescue dogs Buddy and Truman. Truman, a Labrador-Beagle mix, was rescued three years ago after a rough start in life. “It took him about a year to trust us, but we got there,” said Mayor Pete at a meet the candidate event. Buddy, described by the candidate as a “one-eyed puggle on a weight loss journey,” was added to the pack in December 2018. Since their campaign for First Dogs was announced, these four-legged cuties have taken the Internet by storm, even inspiring a Buzzfeed Quiz, “Which One Of The Buttigieg Dogs Are You?" Personally, I’m a Buddy.

Notably, Buttigieg has pointed out that he will still continue to pick up after his pooches if he wins the presidency.

Meet Champ & Major

Running Mate: Joe Biden
Photo by @joebiden

“Uncle Joe” is just “Dad” to his canines.Photo by @joebiden

Former vice president Joe Biden and his wife Jill are proud pet parents to two beautiful German Shepherds, 12-year-old Champ and the newest addition, Major. Before bringing Major home “furever,” the family fostered the puppy for several months to make sure he and the OG family companion were pals. It must have been a match, because Major’s adoption from the Delaware Humane Association was made official in November 2018.

The two starred in a Christmas greeting from the Bidens in December that has voters on both sides of the aisle saying “awww.”

Meet Mimi

Running Mate: John Delaney
“I don’t always wear blue, but when I do it’s to go vote.” Photo by @johndlaney

Mimi is the Maltese family member of presidential hopeful John Delaney. A bit of a homebody, this sweet girl seems to prefer the occasional at-home modeling gig rather than shaking paws on the “campaign tail.” She can be spotted snuggled up in the arms of her people on the former Maryland congressman’s Instagram page, but otherwise shies away from the limelight.

The Delaney family's other pooch, a Cocker Spaniel named Annie, sadly passed away last spring.

Meet Pepper

Running Mate: Michael Bennet
There is no term limit on puppy love. Photo by

After his 2010 U.S. Senate run, former Colorado senator Michael Bennet kept his promise to his daughters that they could add a new, furry family member to their home. The Bennets adopted sweet mixed-breed pooch, Pepper, from the Colorado Correctional Industries Prison Trained Dog Program, which rescues and prepares shelter dogs for adoption.

Pepper appeared alongside the candidate and his daughter, Anne, in this Instagram promo, along with feline consort Captain Flint.

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