Candidate Forums

Many of the candidate forums or "cattle shows" are organized by interest groups (see also Interest Group Activity).  Having a series of presidential candidates appearing on stage at one event speaking to a groups' concerns is a good way for the group to advance its message.  For group members and activists attending, forums provide an excellent opportunity to compare the candidates, and for the candidates these events provide opportunities to connect with activists.  In addition to interest group forums, state and local parties also put on multi-candidate event, often as fundraisers.  Of course the candidates have busy schedules, so the campaigns pick and choose among the many invitations committing to events which best fit their interests.  Forums started filling the calendar in April as the field took shape.  Many of the forums are in the early states.  Interest groups will sometimes time an event to coincide with a large party event for which many of the candidates are in town.  Some of the events have polling cutoffs and others are open to all recognized major candidates.  With so many candidates running, credible events can attract at least four or five candidates, and many draw a dozen or more.

updated August 17, 2019  suggestions welcome and encouraged  action 08 @ gmail

     Candidate Forums
       * indicates party event


Dec. 19, 2019 - Seventh Annual Progress Iowa Holiday Party: Sweet Corn, Popcorn, and Holiday Cheer: Progress Iowa Announces 2019 Events


*Nov. 1, 2018 (IA) - Iowa Democratic Party Fall Dinner in Des Moines (formerly known as the JJ Dinner).


Oct. 26, 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) - Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Action Fund (PLAN Action) and People’s Action: People-Led Presidential Candidate Forums Set in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada

Oct. 13, 2019 (Durham, NH) - Rights and Democracy, New Hampshire Youth Movement, and People’s Action: People-Led Presidential Candidate Forums Set in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada

Oct. 10, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) - Human Rights Campaign and UCLA to Host 2020 Presidential Candidates Forum 

Oct. 2, 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) - Giffords and March For Our Lives Team Up to Host Nation’s First Presidential Forum on Gun Safety


Sept. 21, 2019 (Des Moines, IA) - Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund and People’s Action: People-Led Presidential Candidate Forums Set in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada

*Sept. 21, 2019 (Des Moines, IA) - Polk County Steak Fry.

Sept. 19-20, 2019 (Washington, DC) - Climate Forum 2020.

*Sept. 7, 2019 (Manchester, NH) - New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention.

Sept. 4, 2019 (New York, NY) - CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall.


Aug. 23, 2019 (San Francisco, CA) - DNC Summer Meeting.

Aug. 21, 2019 (Altoona, IA) - Iowa Federation of Labor.

Aug. 18-19, 2019 (Sioux City, IA) - Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

Aug. 8-18, 2019 (Des Moines, IA) - Des Moines Register Soap Box at the Iowa State Fair.

Aug. 10, 2019 (Des Moines, IA) - Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Presidential Gun Sense Forum.

*Aug. 9, 2019 (Clear Lake, IA) - Iowa Democratic Wing Ding Dinner.

Aug. 3, 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) - AFSCME 2020 Public Service Forum.


July 25-26, 2019 (Indianapolis, IN) - National Urban League Conference.

July 24, 2019 (Detroit, MI) - NAACP Presidential Candidate Forum.

July 15-20, 2019 (IA) - AARP/The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forums.

July 14, 2019 (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Fifth Annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed.

[July 12, 2019 (IA) - The FAMiLY LEADER 2019 Family Leadership Summit].

July 13, 2019 (Philadelphia, PA) - Daily Kos/Netroots Nation Presidential Candidate Forum.

July 11, 2019 (Milwaukee, WI) - LULAC Presidential Town Hall.

July 6-7, 2019 (New Orleans, LA) - EssenceFest.

July 5, 2019 (Houston, TX) - National Education Association #StrongPublicSchools Presidential Forum.


June 28-July 2, 2019 (Chicago, IL) - Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International Convention.

June 22, 2019 (Columbia, SC) - We Decide: Planned Parenthood Action Fund 2020 Election Membership Forum.

*June 22, 2019 (Columbia, SC) - South Carolina Democratic Party Convention.

June 21, 2019 (Columbia, SC) - Jim Clyburn's World Famous Fish Fry.

June 21, 2019 (Miami, FL) - NALEO Presidential Candidate Forum.

June 17, 2019 (Washington, DC) - Poor People's Campaign Moral Action Congress Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates.

June 15, 2019 (Charleston, SC) - Black Economic Alliance Presidential Candidates Forum.

*June 9, 2019 (Cedar Rapids, IA) - Iowa Democratic Party Annual Hall of Fame Celebration.

June 8, 2019 (Des Moines, IA) - Capital City Pride Meet the Candidates Forum.

June 1, 2019 (San Francisco, CA) - MoveOn Big Ideas Forum.

*June 1 and 2, 2019 (San Francisco, CA) - California Democratic Party Convention.


May 31, 2019 (Pasadena, CA) - Unity and Freedom Presidential Forum (FIRM Action, Community Change Action and CHIRLA Action Fund).


Apr. 27, 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) - National Forum on Wages and Working People (SEIU and CAP Action Fund).

Apr. 24, 2019 (Houston, TX) - She the People Presidential Forum 2019.

April 10, 2019 (Washington, DC) - NABTU 2019 Legislative Conference

Apr. 3-6, 2019 (New York, NY) - National Action Network (NAN) Convention.

Apr. 1, 2019 (Washington, DC) - We the People Membership Summit.


Mar. 30, 2019 (Storm Lake, IA) - Heartland Forum (Iowa Farmers Union, HuffPost, The Storm Lake Times and Open Markets Action Fund).