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In Iowa City, Amy Klobuchar says she can energize Iowa’s Democratic base

Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. speaks during an office opening event in Iowa City on Saturday, December 28, 2019. Senator Klobuchar spoke to an audience of around 200 people.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

December 28, 2019

Amy Klobuchar can turnout Iowa’s Democratic base in 2020, the Minnesota senator and presidential hopeful said while opening a campaign office in Iowa’s bluest county Dec. 28. “And as for a fired up Democratic base — because you might have some of that in Iowa City — I have gotten the highest...

Elizabeth Warren calls out corruption at North Liberty town hall

Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. waves to the audience following a town hall event at North Central Junior High School in North Liberty on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

December 21, 2019

Dee Kaefring is a retired nurse who is considering to support Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Democratic caucus night. Kaefring said she saw the downfalls of the health-care industry firsthand, and she likes Warren’s Medicare-for-all plan. “I think that the staffing ratio of nurses and patients can always...

Tom Steyer in Iowa: The candidate who’s best on the economy will beat Trump

Tom Steyer in Iowa: The candidate who’s best on the economy will beat Trump

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

December 16, 2019

At a campaign stop Monday, billionaire and Democratic candidate Tom Steyer portrayed his experience running a multibillion-dollar business as the key to defeating President Trump in a general election. Steyer, who retired from managing the investment firm he founded, Farallon Capital, in 2012, sa...

Andrew Yang highlights family’s experience with autism to finish Iowa tour

Democratic candidate Andrew Yang speaks as his wife Evelyn Yang takes a drink during a roundtable on the topic of family and autism at Sidekick cafe in University Heights on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The Yang’s shared their experience with their son Christopher, who is on the autism spectrum.

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

December 14, 2019

Iowa City West High senior Aaron Fennell-Chametzky didn’t know what question he would ask presidential hopeful Andrew Yang before he raised his hand in the middle of a crowded bookstore.  The event he attended, hosted by the Iowa City Autism Community, was a moderated discussion with Yang and h...

Julián Castro challenges Iowa caucuses in Iowa City stop

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro speaks at the Latino-Native American Cultural Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Jenna Galligan/The Daily Iowan)

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

December 11, 2019

Presidential hopeful Julián Castro held fast to his criticism of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on Wednesday at a visit to the University of Iowa Latino Native American Cultural Center, hosted by the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead. Around 80 people filled the center to see Castro speak...

Pete Buttigieg pitches country unity amid scrutiny over private-sector work

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes the stage during a town hall at the Coralville Marriott on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Mayor Buttigieg spoke to a crowd of over 2,000 people at the event.

Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter

December 8, 2019

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg drew his biggest Johnson County crowd to date in his first visit since his rise to the top of the latest Iowa poll, amid new controversies and shots by fellow Democratic-nomination candidates. Over 2,000 people packed the Marriott Conference Center in Coralville on Sunday. At the town hall-style event, Buttigieg spoke for about 15 minutes and fielded questions for about 30 minutes. ...

Tom Steyer says he would support publicly funded elections

Tom Steyer says he would support publicly funded elections

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

December 8, 2019

Businessman Tom Steyer, told reporters at an Iowa City campaign stop that while he would support publicly funded elections, he is unsure if his largely self-funded campaign would be in the same position under that system. Steyer is among the six candidates who have qualified for the Dec. 19 presidential...

Democratic presidential hopefuls pitch plans to strengthen workers’ rights in Cedar Rapids

Teamsters member Stephanie Griffin, of Cedar Rapids, ask a question to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at the Teamsters Presidential Candidate Forum in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2019

CEDAR RAPIDS — When Stephanie Griffin was growing up, she sometimes rode along in her father Lawrence’s truck as he delivered animal feed to customers over a four-state area. In true Iowan fashion, she says she loved the feed’s smell, and she fondly remembered her dad working hard and with pride. Over...

Cory Booker urges people to donate at Iowa City stop

Cory Booker urges people to donate at Iowa City stop

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

December 7, 2019

Presidential hopeful Cory Booker urged Iowans in Iowa City to donate to his campaign and to name him as a top-choice candidate if a pollster calls, even if he is not their first choice. The New Jersey senator has not yet met the DNC’s qualifications to be on the Dec. 19 debate stage. In order to...

Michael Bennet seeks to separate himself from Joe Biden moderation

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. speaks at Carpenters Union Local on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

December 1, 2019

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., sought to differentiate himself from fellow nomination contender Joe Biden at a meet and greet at a carpenter’s union in Iowa City Sunday night. “So when (former Vice President) Joe Biden says, ‘This will all go back to normal after we get rid of (Senate Majorit...

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak drops presidential bid

Former representative Joe Sestak speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Julia Shanahan, Assistant Politics Editor

December 1, 2019

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak dropped his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday. Sestak was a late entry into the race and did not qualify for any of the Democratic presidential debates. In a statement posted to Twitter on Dec. 1, Sestak said the U.S. needs a leader...