January 23, 2020 - Steyer Shows Emotion in Explaining Why He’s Running for President


In an interview with Michel Martin for “Amanpour & Co.,” Steyer gets emotional in answering why he is running for president, emphasizing both the privilege of meeting Americans on the campaign trail and the calling he has to push for real change. Steyer’s emotion is evidence of his passion, but previous candidates have been criticized for displays of sentimentality as evidence of weakness (for men) or instability (for women). The lack of this criticism in 2020 might evidence progress in how emotions are both expressed by presidential candidates and evaluated by voters and media.