Presidential hopefuls seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to fight President Donald Trump’s re-election bid in 2020 have gathered for the Polka County Steak Fry in Iowa.
The event comes less than five months ahead of Iowa’s caucuses – the first to take place nationwide in each presidential election.
Event organizers said more than 12,000 people attended the fundraiser.
Of the 19 Democrats left in the running, 17 spoke on September 21.
The attendees showed up for burgers and face time with 17 Democratic presidential candidates at the Polk County Democratic Party’s annual steak fry in Iowa on Saturday. Although 18 candidates were initially expected to attend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped out of the presidential race on September 20.
Organizers grilled 10,500 steak for the attendees. Around 1,000 vegan burgers were made — all of it made on 10 grills by 40 grillers. Senator Cory Booker is the only vegan in the presidential race.
Here are the candidates appearing at the steak fry:
- Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke
- Senator Kamala Harris
- Senator Cory Booker
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Senator Bernie Sanders
- Andrew Yang
- Former Vice President Joe Biden
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Senator Amy Klobuchar
- Senator Michael Bennet
- Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro
- Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
- Tom Steyer
- Former Congressman Joe Sestak
- Governor Steve Bullock
- Marianne Williamson
- Congressman Tim Ryan