Iowa State Fair / The Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox 2019

Through the Iowa State Fair, many Presidential candidates will participate in The Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox. Candidates will be receive a microphone and 20 minutes to address Iowans and other passers-by from a stage in front of the Horner Service Center on the Grand Concoourse. These political speeches are sponored by The Des Moines Register. The Iowa State Fair is located at 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines.

Thursday, Aug. 8

  • 12:45 p.m.: Democrat Steve Bullock, the sitting governor of Montana.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Democrat Joe Biden, a former vice president and former U.S. senator from Delaware.  

Friday, Aug. 9

  • 9 a.m.: Democrat Julián Castro, secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama and the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Democrat Andrew Yang, a businessman. 
  • 11:15 a.m.: Democrat Beto O'Rourke, a former U.S. representative from Texas.
  • Noon: Democrat John Delaney, a former U.S. representative from Maryland.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Democrat Marianne Williamson, an author and activist.
  • 2:15 p.m.: Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. representative for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District.

Saturday, Aug. 10

  • 9 a.m.: Democrat Jay Inslee, the sitting governor of Washington. 
  • 10:30 a.m.: Democrat Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California. 
  • 12:45 p.m.: Democrat Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. senator from Minnesota.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Democrat Joe Sestak, a former U.S. representative from Pennsylvania and retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy.
  • 2:15 p.m.: Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, a U.S. senator from New York.
  • 3 p.m.: Democrat John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado.
  • 3:45 p.m.: Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts. 
  • 4:30 p.m.: Democrat Cory Booker, a U.S. senator from New Jersey.

Sunday, Aug. 11

  • 11:15 a.m.: Republican Bill Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Democrat Tom Steyer, a businessman and political donor.
  • 3 p.m.: Democrat Michael Bennet, a U.S. senator from Colorado.
  • 3:45 p.m.: Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont and an independent seeking the Democratic nomination. 
  • 4:30 p.m.: Democrat Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City. 

Tuesday, Aug. 13

  • 1:30 p.m.: Democrat Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Noon: Democrat Seth Moulton, the U.S. representative for Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District. 

No one is currently scheduled to speak on Monday, Aug. 12; Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 14-16; and Sunday, Aug. 18.

The following candidates have been invited to the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox but have yet to schedule appearances: Democrat Wayne Messam, and Republican Donald Trump.