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Caucus Campaigning 2020

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Pete Buttigieg drew some laughter Wednesday afternoon from the crowd of about 200 people waiting for him along Keokuk’s riverfront when he blamed his late arrival on his vehicle sitting on a swing-span bridge -- waiting for a barge to pass. The laughter quickly morphed into applause and cheers as the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana focused on his plans if elected President in 2020.

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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) focused on health care during a campaign stop in downtown Burlington Monday morning. She touted her “Medicare For All” plan, telling the crowd of about 100 people that health care is a right in the United States, not a privilege.

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It was apparent Wednesday afternoon that former Vice President Joe Biden's planned campaign stop in southeast Iowa was going to be more than just a typical meet & greet or a question/answer session. The Teleprompters, large podium, and bright camera lights pointed toward a major speech, which Biden delivered, taking direct aim at the words and actions of President Donald Trump.

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) told a crowd of more than 50 at the Lost Canvas in downtown Keokuk that he is worried about the nation descending into division-based and fear-based politics.

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Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) asked State Rep. Jeff Kurtz (D-Fort Madison) to stretch out his introduction during a recent campaign stop in Fort Madison so Ryan could take a couple of bites of his sandwich at Sub-Arena Sandwich Shop. Once he was ready, Ryan told the crowd of about 15 people why he believes his Midwestern roots prepare him to be the next President of the United States.

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) spent about 45 minutes at Sub-Arena Sandwich Shop in Fort Madison as part of a campaign swing through southeast Iowa. She shook some hands, signed some autographs, and laid out her case to be the next President of the United States.

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Beto O'Rourke told a standing room only crowd at the Lost Canvas Coffee Shop in Keokuk Thursday morning that he will never forget his first visit to the city. That's because Keokuk was the backdrop for the former Texas congressman's first campaign stop in his bid to be the President of the United States of America.