DES MOINES — In a series of forums this week, 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.
The five candidate forums are being held across Iowa, including one in Cedar Rapids, and are being hosted by the AARP and Des Moines Register.
Monday’s forum in Des Moines features New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Tuesday in Davenport: New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris
Wednesday in Cedar Rapids: Ohio U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. The event is at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center.
Friday in Sioux City: Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, author Marianne Williamson, fomer Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Saturday, July 20, in Council Bluffs: Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.
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The forums begin at 2 p.m. each day and last about two hours. Each candidate will have 25 minutes on stage to answer questions from both moderators and the audience, according to AARP.
All events are invitation-only, but they are being live streamed via the AARP's YouTube channel.