Massive Iowa book club planning to read all 2020 Democrats' books ahead of caucus
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With a crowded field of two dozen Democrats vying for the presidential nomination, primary voters are looking for different ways to distinguish the candidates and their positions.

An ambitious group of readers is seeking to do so by reading more than 5,000 pages from 16 books written by candidates before the February 2020 caucus. 

A 2020 Book Club on Facebook, which MSNBC reports was started by Iowa Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Andrea Phillips, now has 870 members from 39 states.


Phillips told MSNBC she was reading South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary LGBTQ advocates slam Buttigieg for past history with Salvation Army Poll: 2020 general election remains wide open MORE's book and wanted to tweet a picture, "with the fire and the dog," she said.

As a party official, she didn't want people to think she was "showing favoritism." 

"So I thought, well I'm going to read all the books anyway, why don't I just throw it on Facebook, see if I can get a couple of people to join me," she said. 

Within one day of posting, 150 people had joined, according to MSNBC. Eventually the club grew outside the borders of Iowa.

The candidates themselves have taken advantage as well. Five have already spoken to book club members and 11 more such events are planned.

Phillips told MSNBC she hopes the book club has helped voters know the candidates better. 

"That's really the point of the whole thing so that people can make a good decision on caucus night," she said.