It may be mid-June in 2019, but we’re about to enter one of the biggest weeks in 2020 actions to date. On Monday, nearly a dozen candidates will appear on stage at an inequality forum in Washington, hosted by the Poor People’s Campaign and Rev. William Barber, one of the most influential government and faith chairmen in Democratic politics. The contest, statement as” a national call for moral improvement ,” is one of the most important gatherings of presidential aspirants on one stage hitherto . I’ll be at Trinity Washington University following the action.
As these thoughts croak, the big-hearted draw is generally held to the current frontrunner, and this event is no different. Former Vice President Joe Biden is kicking off the day’s speaking tour and will appear alongside most of his adversaries for the first time since propelling his campaign in April. Sens. Kamala Harris( D-CA ), Bernie Sanders( I-VT ), and Elizabeth Warren( D-MA ), three top-tier campaigners, as well as Sen. Michael Bennet( D-CO ), Rep. Eric Swalwell( D-CA ), former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, writer Marianne Williamson, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam are all scheduled to attend.
In my view, this was not another 2020 cattle call. It’s one of the biggest meetings of current 2020 hopefuls. Ten candidates! Which means we’ll get a glimpse into how they match up ahead of the first primary debates next month. But it’s also a chance for candidates across the Democraitc ideological spectrum-from the moderate path occupied by Biden to left-leaning space taken up by Sanders and Warren-to hear instantly from voters who are more likely find themselves most dependent on the federal government for patronage. With a party set on increasing turnout and sounding into areas of the country that were largely discounted in 2016, campaigners and voters would be wise to pay particular attention to the issues and responses discussed on Monday.