2020 Dems pick walkout songs at annual Iowa celebration
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As 2020 presidential hopefuls flocked to Iowa this weekend, the walkout songs their campaigns chose for an annual Democratic dinner sent messages about their platforms, priorities and life stories. 

Lissandra Villa, a politics reporter at Time Magazine, tweeted a  list of songs the campaigns selected to be played before 19 of the primary candidates spoke at the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Hall of Fame celebration. 

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Most of the candidates chose songs that signaled high hopes for their campaigns. Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Obama reveals his summer playlist Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows MORE (D-Calif.), for example, chose “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers, “Good as Hell” by Lizzo and “Work That” by Mary J. Blige, respectively.  

Other optimistic choices included songs like Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates MORE’s (D-Hawaii) pick, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and “Never Giving Up” by Batchelor for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates MORE.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Rendell: Biden 'baked in' as Democratic nominee MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses MORE (I-Vt.) focused on workers, picking “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton and “Power to the People” by John Lennon, respectively.

Several candidates focused on rural areas, with Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China The Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? MORE (D) choosing “Small Town” by John Mellencamp, Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellIf the Democratic debates were pro wrestling, de Blasio is comic relief Inslee seeking third term as governor after ending presidential bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts MORE (D-Calif.) picking “Caught Up in the Country” by Rodney Atkins and Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's 12:30 Report: Stocks sink as Trump fights with Fed, China The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (D-Ohio) selecting Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”

The British Punk band The Clash got two nods from 2020 candidates: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) picked the band’s “Clampdown” and New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioSanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows If the Democratic debates were pro wrestling, de Blasio is comic relief MORE chose “Rudie Can’t Fail.”

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