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Campaign updates from 2020 Democrats — and 1 Republican

Democratic presidential hopefuls courted voters across the country over the weekend. Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke at the popular South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin, Texas, while Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, polls among Iowa Democrats suggest an increasing appetite for more liberal policies. John Yang reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out this weekend, courting voters from Iowa to Austin.

    John Yang has the story.

  • John Yang:

    In Keene, New Hampshire, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made the case for his presidential candidacy.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.:

    I don't have to tell anyone in this room we're living in an unprecedented moment in American history. And when you live in an unprecedented moment, you need to have an unprecedented response, which is what this campaign is about.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • John Yang:

    A self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, Sanders' positions were labeled impractical in the 2016 campaign.

    Now he seems to be setting the standard his Democratic competitors are measured against.

    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a progressive, on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

  • Question:

    Do we describe you as a capitalist? What's the best…

  • Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.:

    Yes.

  • Question:

    … way to describe you?

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren:

    I believe in markets, markets that work.

  • Question:

    So if you get labeled as a socialist?

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren:

    Well, it's just wrong.

  • John Yang:

    And former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a moderate.

  • John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.:

    I'm happy to say I'm a capitalist, but I think at a certain point the labels do nothing but divide us.

  • John Yang:

    A new Des Moines Register/CNN poll finds 56 percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers say they would be satisfied with a nominee who wants the country to be more socialist; 49 percent back Medicare-for-all; 36 percent support tuition-free college.

    This weekend, some candidates shed the winter coats of Iowa and New Hampshire for sunglasses to appear at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

    Thirty-seven-year-old South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg took a swipe at Vice President Mike Pence for his steadfast support of President Trump.

  • Pete Buttigieg:

    How would he allow himself to become the cheerleader for the porn star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in Scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump?

  • John Yang:

    A Republican presidential long shot, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, also made the rounds in Austin. He's exploring a primary challenge to the president.

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