Jules Witcover

Witcover: Jumping the starting gun on 2020

Witcover: Jumping the starting gun on 2020

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, in announcing her 2020 presidential candidacy a full year in advance, gets the ball rolling amid uncertainty whether President Trump himself will survive the investigations against him to seek re-election.

Indications of a larger Democratic field suggest a desire of even more competition than what occurred on the Republican side in 2016, when 16 presidential hopefuls — including longshot Donald Trump — entered the starting gate.

Also in 2016, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, with a huge lead in fundraising and a growing women's movement behind her, had little serious opposition beyond democratic socialist Bernie...