DES MOINES, IA – In anticipation of John Delaney’s CNN Town Hall on Sunday night, campaign organizers and supporters packed venues across Iowa to tune in.
Organizers reported more than 80 attendees in Des Moines and a standing room only crowd of over 80 in Cedar Rapids, with additional watch parties spanning Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Davenport.
Reactions were positive:
- “He was talking about bringing this country together, taking an opportunity for all of us to be in on the expansion of our economy. … I think he, frankly, smoked it,” said Michael Libbie, an attendee at a watch party in Des Moines.
- “I’ve been to several launch events [and] the excitement here for what @JohnKDelaney is saying on the Town Hall @CNN is truly resonating this evening. People paying attention.” Libbie also said in a Tweet.
- “I am blown away by how pragmatic, likable, take-charge and prepared he is for every question, with MANY new and smart ideas.” – Matthew Ross
On Saturday, Delaney authored an op-ed published by CNN titled, “Democrats should restore capitalism’s promise, not abandon it for socialism” in which he argued that abandoning capitalism for socialism is the wrong approach to fighting the very real economic and social injustices that exist in our country today while also recognizing the need for creating a more just and inclusive form of capitalism.
Delaney is the first Democratic Presidential candidate to visit all 99 Iowa counties since 2008, and is the only Democratic candidate to have earned endorsements from multiple Iowa Democratic Party County Chairs in the 2020 race. Delaney is also actively supporting Iowa candidates including Eric Giddens, Democratic candidate for the Iowa SD 30 special election. Next weekend, Delaney will be back in Iowa for a three-day trip during which he’ll open an office in Fort Dodge.