Biden Leads, But Warren and Buttigieg Gain Ground in New Iowa Poll

Biden Leads, But Warren and Buttigieg Gain Ground in New Iowa Poll

Biden Leads, But Warren and Buttigieg Gain Ground in New Iowa Poll

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) comes in second with 16 percent. Sen.

Almost every Democrat vying to take on President Donald Trump in 2020 made their pitch to Iowa's most plugged-in Democrats on Sunday, looking to set themselves apart from the sprawling field of candidates in the midst of a swirling carnival of activists and campaign volunteers.

That, and other parts of the former DE senator's long record, create an opportunity for the Sunday Democratic gathering's many devout abortion-rights supporters to dial up their so-far more muted criticisms of Biden to an influential audience.

Booker has one of the most extensive ground operations in the state and a loud cheering section in Cedar Rapids, but registered at 1% in the latest Iowa poll.

At the biggest gathering so far of 2020 presidential candidates, the Democrats had five minutes each to sum up their case for the presidency.

More moderate Democrats have expressed concern about whether Sanders' left-wing views would make him unelectable against Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration on Sunday.

"We must present a bold vision for the future, but we also must acknowledge that the most effective charge Republicans can level against us is 'socialism, '" he said.

Warren also stayed away from the abortion funding debate and instead framed her veiled criticism of Biden through her focus on rooting moneyed interests out of politics.

The cattle call here marked the first time that most of the candidates were in the same place at the same time.

June is an important month for the candidates, with the important second-quarter fundraising deadline approaching, as well as the first nationally televised Democratic debates.

Campaign volunteers, staffers and activists swarmed the hotel lobby and lined the surrounding streets. But, he said, "beating Donald Trump is the floor - it is not the ceiling".

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California vowed to push universal background checks for gun purchases, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii vowed to take on "warmongers from both political parties". Warren and Harris were in third and fourth place in March, and Buttigieg was largely unknown. "So that's why it's critical that we make sure Donald Trump is a one term president".

Other Democratic speakers here Sunday were: former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; New York Sen. "I do see a lot of enthusiasm for fresh faces", said Sarah Hogan, a retired school teacher from Delmar, who said Harris, Buttigieg, and Beto O'Rourke has captured the attention of Iowa voters.

"There's always been a question mark as to how many can get any real traction", Ms Selzer said. "There are going to be six or seven tickets out of Iowa at the most, probably".

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