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"When I decide is when I decide", Murphy, of Cedar Rapids, said Sunday as 1,500 activists gathered for the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration at the Cedar Rapids convention center.

They each received five minutes to make their case on why they should eventually become the party's choice to take on President Donald Trump, a Republican, in 2020. "I understand that there are some well-intentioned Democrats and candidates who believe that the best way forward is a "middle ground" strategy that antagonizes no one, that stands up to nobody and that changes nothing", he said. Bernard Sanders of Vermont. Mr Sanders runs second to Mr Biden in most polls.

In Iowa, however, he is sharing the second tier with two other candidates, fellow progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. "We are where we are because normal broke", he said, in what was seen as a dig at the former vice president.

"I'm not spending my time with high dollar donors and with corporate lobbyists". "That's how we build a grassroots movement in America".

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Sanders, a USA senator, is the first choice for 16% of respondents, while Warren, also a US senator, and Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, are at 15% and 14%, respectively. The California senator Kamala Harris was the only other candidate to poll above 5%, with half as much support as Buttigieg. Supporters of most of the candidates lined the street outside the dinner's main entrance starting early on Sunday.

"How do you process this information that not one single Iowa voter named you as a first or second choice in this new polling?" The president will also visit the state Tuesday for a party fundraiser.

Despite polling at 2 percent in Iowa, 2020 Democratic candidate Sen.

The cattle call here marked the first time that most of the candidates were in the same place at the same time.

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With candidates given 5 minutes each to make their case, Rep Tim Ryan of OH joked the forum had a speed-dating feel to it, and told the crowd that if they wanted a second date they could visit his campaign website.

Others focused their efforts squarely on Mr. Trump.

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California vowed to push universal background checks for gun purchases, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii vowed to take on "warmongers from both political parties". Ms Warren and Ms Harris were in third and fourth place in March, and Mr Buttigieg was largely unknown.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a successful brew-pub entrepreneur, gave his supporters beer koozies, and Minnesota Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand over Mayor Bill de Blasio by a wide margin for president, according to a poll released Monday. Michael Bennet, and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke. As you can see, it's a big field, a lot of jostling.

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"There's always been a question mark as to how many can get any real traction", Selzer said. "There are going to be six or seven tickets out of Iowa at the most, probably".

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