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2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Share Views in 5 Iowa Cities

The soaring cost of prescription drug prices and other issues important to older voters will be addressed by 19 of the Democratic Party presidential hopefuls in Iowa forums this week. (insideclimatenews.org)
The soaring cost of prescription drug prices and other issues important to older voters will be addressed by 19 of the Democratic Party presidential hopefuls in Iowa forums this week. (insideclimatenews.org)
July 15, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowans in five cities have an opportunity this week to hear 2020 Democratic Party presidential hopefuls make their case on issues facing older voters.

Julie Betts, associate state director of communications and outreach for AARP Iowa, says 19 candidates will participate in the forums, and each will have 25 minutes on stage to answer questions from both moderators and the audience.

Betts says the forums are the first chance to hear from the candidates collectively, ahead of the Iowa presidential nominating contest on Feb. 3, 2020.

"We know in Iowa that we have a unique position, and we understand we are making some decisions and choices for the rest of the country," she states.

Locations for the weekday forums include Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines and Sioux City.

AARP Iowa and the Des Moines Register newspaper are sponsoring the debates, which begin at 2 p.m. Central Time.

Some of the forums are sold out, but to find out which candidates will be in each city and locations, or to watch the live stream, go to aarp.org/election2020.

Betts says Iowa's older voters have specific concerns such as Social Security, prescription drugs and health coverage, including Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, consumer protection and livable communities.

She adds that the political season is an exciting time in Iowa.

"AARP Iowa is excited to bring our members that energy, and also doing it in a way that no one else is doing it right now, right?” she states. “We are just pounding this down, all in a week, all across the state with all the candidates that we could get – that we could squeeze in."

Voter turnout is consistently higher among older voters than younger ones. In the 2016 general election, 69% of baby boomers, and 70% of the older, so-called silent generation, say they voted compared with just 51% of millennials.

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Roz Brown, Public News Service - IA