- Last time around they just had the short-bus with Hillary and Bernie
Des Moines Register article below by Brianne Pfannenstiel,
Nineteen presidential candidates, 1,500 Democratic activists and about 100 members of the media will descend on a Cedar Rapids ballroom Sunday in what will be the largest event of the 2020 Iowa caucus cycle so far.
Although candidates have already held more than 400 events in Iowa this year, the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame event marks the start of the summer caucus season, when candidates swarm the state at an even faster pace to make their cases to potential supporters. The multi-candidate gathering is an early test of their organizational prowess and an opportunity to break out from the massive pack.
“This is the first time to see a majority of them toe-to-toe,” said Linn County Democratic Party Chairman Bret Nilles. “Four years ago, that was Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chaffee and Jim Webb. Right away, you could start to see who those top-tier candidates are and who’s going to start surfacing to the top — you can always feel that in the room when someone’s speaking. Who’s the one that really has turned it up a little and appeals to the audience?”
Here’s a look at what to watch during Sunday’s Hall of Fame event:
Who’s in the room
The Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree Hilton in Cedar Rapids will be filled to capacity. But it isn’t a free and open-to-the-public event.
Tickets to get in were offered equally to each of the active campaigns. The campaigns could decide whether and how many tickets to purchase, said Mandy McClure, communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party. After the campaigns claimed their tickets, the rest went on sale to the general public. Those tickets cost from $75 for general admission to $10,000 for a VIP table.
Look for those candidates who are well-funded and well-organized to fill their tables.
The candidates currently scheduled to speak are Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney, Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Ohio U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, author and entrepreneur Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang.
You can get the 411 (latest Demo candidate count) at the Des Moines Register where they will make sure they all look good
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