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Kamala Harris and Julian Castro Make 2020 Plays in Iowa This Week

If you blinked, you might have missed it, but two Democrats with White House aspirations announced moves to favorably position themselves for the 2020 caucus.

By NTK Staff | 08.17.2018 @10:00am
Kamala Harris and Julian Castro Make 2020 Plays in Iowa This Week

Most political observers expect the 2020 Democratic presidential field to be a crowded one. So, at least two Democrats took under-the-radar steps this week to better position themselves for the upcoming free-for-all.

First, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will endorse Deidre DeJear, a Democrat running for secretary of state in Iowa. DeJear is Iowa’s “first black nominee for statewide office from a major political party,” according to Politico.

Harris, a California Democrat edging closer to a run for president, will endorse Deidre DeJear for Iowa secretary of state, sources with knowledge of the endorsement told POLITICO.

Like many top Democrats, Harris has maintained a cautious distance from Iowa, leery of appearing solicitous of attention beyond the midterm elections. She is not expected to appear in Iowa for the endorsement announcement.

The other Democrat making Iowa moves is a former HUD secretary under President Obama, Julian Castro. He’s making his first trip to Iowa “as a potential 2020 presidential candidate,” according to the Texas Tribune.

The trip comes as Castro’s political operation kicks into high gear, unveiling dozens of endorsements and announcing staff to help him navigate the current election cycle — and maybe the next one.

The three-day trip to the Hawkeye State — Friday through Sunday — includes nine events, ranging from a visit to an agriculture startup accelerator to a pair of fundraisers for state legislative candidates. On Friday afternoon, Castro is visiting the Iowa State Fair to speak at the Des Moines Register Old-Fashioned Political Soapbox, a key stop for prospective White House hopefuls.

Castro is less cagey about the reasoning behind his Iowa play than Harris. He admitted in an interview to the Texas Tribune that he’s hoping “to hear what is on voters’ minds as he considers a White House bid.”

Both could be considered longshots for the White House, with Harris being the likelier of the two to make a serious run. CNN recently ranked Harris the number-three Democrat on its “definitive ranking of 2020 Democrats,” trailing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Earlier this week, rumored 2020 candidate Tom Steyer took questions at the Iowa State Fair’s Political Soapbox.

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