Iowa expert: 30 Democrats may run for White House in 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa-   Iowa Democratic political consultant Jeff Link says there are about 30 potential Democratic White House hopefuls right now.    

Many are starting to spend time in the Hawkeye state,  home of Iowa Caucuses.

There is just one officially declared candidate right now, Maryland Congressman John Delaney, who has been actively campaigning in Iowa for months.

Link told WHO Radio's Simon Conway today (Tuesday) there will likely be at least a half dozen U.S. Senators who may run for president, plus former lawmakers and political figures, and possibly former Vice President Joe Biden.  Link says Biden has high popularity among the party faithful right now, so his decision to run or not to run could influence others' decisions.   

 Link says others in a top tier right now include U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris.  Link says there will be other candidates from other walks of life too, such as Los Angeles Mayor Gil Garcetti or wealthy business owners.

"I think it's going to be a Donnybrook, I think we're going to have at least 30 people sort of test the waters, whether in Iowa, New  Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, or maybe they just do it on line, and do a virtual (campaign,) but I think we'll see all varieties of candidates," said Link.

Link also says he expects Donald Trump to get his base to turn out in 2020, so in order for Democrats to compete in the next presidential election, they need to appeal to the party faithful, independents and rural areas as well.


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