As the year concludes, 2020 Democrats look to Iowa and beyond

As the year concludes, 2020 Democrats look to Iowa and beyond


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the final days of 2019,
the Democratic presidential candidates hit the campaign trail, hoping to head into the
new year with new momentum from last week’s debate, before voting begins, just six weeks
away. REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY): Senator Bernie
Sanders. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) JUDY WOODRUFF: The crowded field crisscrossing
the country. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), Presidential Candidate:
This is a campaign of the working class of this country, JUDY WOODRUFF: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
was joined by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez out West. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: The history of change in America
always, always takes place from the bottom on up. JUDY WOODRUFF: While Senator Elizabeth Warren
returned to Oklahoma City, where she was born and raised. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA), Presidential Candidate:
Hello, Oklahoma! (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) JUDY WOODRUFF: Riling up her supporters with
calls for cleaning up government corruption. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: When you see a government
that works great for those with money and is not working so well for everyone else,
that is corruption, pure and simple. And we need to call it out for what it is. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) JUDY WOODRUFF: And a late edition to the race,
former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, headed to Pennsylvania. ®MDNM¯MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, Presidential Candidate:
I can’t imagine another four years of Donald Trump. We just have to find a way to beat him in
November. JUDY WOODRUFF: Jumping in just a month ago,
Bloomberg has shot up in recent polls, after spending millions of his personal fortune
on campaign ads. The others in the race spent a lot of time
in Iowa, hoping to sway voters who remain largely undecided, with just six weeks before
the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Former Vice President Joe Biden traveled across
the Hawkeye State, knocking on doors and talking to voters at a local Christmas tree farm. Speaking at a town hall, he focused on the
importance of unity. JOSEPH BIDEN (D), Presidential Candidate:
Our democracy, I think, is in trouble. And we are at breaking point. And I think we need a president who can rise
above the personal attacks and actually reach out and try to heal. JUDY WOODRUFF: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor
Pete Buttigieg, who is leading recent polls in Iowa, picked up the endorsement of more
than 200 foreign policy and national security professionals, a policy area that Biden has
long touted as his area of expertise. PETE BUTTIGIEG (D), Presidential Candidate:
Some folks on TV starting to use the word front-runner to describe our standing right
here in Iowa. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) JUDY WOODRUFF: Fellow Midwesterner Minnesota
Senator Amy Klobuchar has also seen a surge in Iowa, as she prepares to finish her tour
of the state’s 99 counties. Low polling numbers kept New Jersey Senator
Cory Booker off the debate stage last week. Instead, he took his bus tour across Iowa,
hoping to take advantage of the lack of a clear front-runner in the state’s ever-changing
field. SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ), Presidential Candidate:
My whole campaign is based on this idea that we need a revival of civic grace in our country,
we need more courageous empathy for each other. JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, President Trump
was also out speaking to his supporters at a conservative conference in Palm Beach, Florida. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
Generations of patriots before us didn’t work, fight, and sacrifice so that we could surrender
our country to a raging left-wing mob. They don’t know if they’re down the middle,
if they’re far left. They’re fighting with each other. JUDY WOODRUFF: The 15 Democrats still fighting
have just a few weeks left to make their case to voters.