Iowa’s national convention delegates often get a preview of the next cycle’s caucus campaign in the form of national party leaders who drop by for a visit. Because of that, the Iowa Democratic Party’s list of expected speakers for the upcoming convention in Charlotte is bound to be of interest.
Here’s the list so far, according to the Iowa Democratic Party:
Monday, September 3 — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa;
Tuesday, September 4 — Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley;
Wednesday, September 5 — Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia;
Thursday, September 6 — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Honorable Tom Vilsack.
(...) O’Malley is head of the Democratic Governors Association and also often mentioned as a potential candidate in 2016. He hasn’t ruled it out, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Klobuchar has also drawn speculation from Minnesota about her plans for 2016. There was a lot of buzz about Warner before the 2008 cycle, but he decided to stay out of the race. Now, the main question about him is whether he’ll run for re-election as senator or try for governor — but he still makes most lists of potential presidential candidates for 2016. A visit to the Iowa delegation is sure to ramp up that speculation.
Gillibrand has been on record saying she’ll urge Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, but Gillibrand is also mentioned as a potential candidate. Schweitzer caught national attention when he spoke to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. U.S. News says 2016 buzz is building for the Montana governor. Speaking to the Iowa delegation is likely to make that buzz louder, too.
The Democrats’ speaker list isn’t final. It would be a surprise, for example, if Vice President Joe Biden didn’t maintain his tradition of paying a visit to the Iowa delegation.
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