En español | Nineteen Democratic presidential hopefuls will be asked their views on issues ranging from how they would lower prescription drug costs to the future of Medicare and Social Security at five candidate forums in Iowa, scene of the nation’s first nominating caucus.
AARP is partnering with the Des Moines Register to sponsor the forums July 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20. The audience for each of the events will be composed of AARP members from Iowa; the event will be livestreamed and a recording available afterward.
“AARP has a long history of voter engagement, both at the federal and state level where we provide our members with an opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for office,” says John Hishta, senior vice president for campaigns at AARP. “Iowa is the first-in-the-nation caucus, and many Iowans are already fully engaged in the process. This gives our members an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates.”
Historically, older Americans are the most consistent and reliable group of voters. For nearly four decades, the turnout of voters over age 45 has significantly outpaced that of younger citizens. In the 2018 midterm elections, voters over 50 made up 56 percent of the electorate.
The forums will be an opportunity for these deciders to learn more about the issues most important to them. Each candidate will be questioned for 25 minutes by moderators Kathie Obradovich, the opinion editor and columnist for the Des Moines Register, and O. Kay Henderson, news director for Radio Iowa. Each candidate will also be asked a question from an AARP member in the audience.
You can watch the programs live and a recording of each event will be available afterward, as will a video voter guide for each candidate. Here is the schedule of forums.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, July 16, 2-4 p.m. CT (3-5 p.m. ET), Davenport
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and California Sen. Kamala Harris
Wednesday, July 17, 2-4 p.m. CT (3-5 p.m. ET), Cedar Rapids
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Maryland Rep. John Delaney and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet
Friday, July 19, 2-4 p.m. CT (3-5 p.m. ET), Sioux City
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, author Marianne Williamson, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Saturday, July 20, 2-4 p.m. CT (3-5 p.m. ET), Council Bluffs
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Joe Biden