The battle for 2020: Possible Democratic presidential candidates
Democrats who want to be elected president in 2020 will be busy next weekend in South Carolina, after the Planned Parenthood Action Fund announced it will be holding a candidate forum at the same time as the S.C. Democratic Party Convention.
Of the 19 presidential hopefuls announced as speakers for the state party convention, 11 will be participating in the forum, which will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22 on the University of South Carolina campus.
“It’s crystal-clear that access to reproductive health care – including safe, legal abortion – is a top issue heading into 2020,” Planned Parenthood Action Fund Director Kelley Robinson said, according to the statement. “If the 13 million+ Planned Parenthood supporters turn out to the polls and activate their networks, they can tip the 2020 election.”
The following Democratic presidential hopefuls are scheduled to speak about their positions on reproductive health care and abortion rights:
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
- Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
- Sen. Kamala Harris of California
- Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
- Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio
- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
- Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
The event coincides with the S.C. Democratic Convention, which is being held across the city at the Columbia Convention Center. All hopefuls participating in the Planned Parenthood Forum are also listed as convention speakers.