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In the final weekend of the year, candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination traversed Iowa and New Hampshire to rally support for primary contests that are now only weeks away. The end of 2019 also comes with a fundraising deadline. Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden changed his stance on whether he would testify in a Senate impeachment trial. Lisa Desjardins reports.
Just days before 2020 begins, the Democratic presidential hopefuls were out in full force in early states.
Lisa Desjardins begins her report on how the candidates are making their case.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.:
Thank you all very much.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)
This weekend, a year-end push, with 2020 Democratic candidates podium-hopping and handshaking their way across Iowa and New Hampshire.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.:
I ask you, get in this fight. Commit today to caucus for me. Go to ElizabethWarren.com.
In Iowa, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is counting on a highly organized team, but South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg feels momentum swinging his way.
Iowa, I think you will make me the nominee, the president, and then we will be able to make history together. So thank you for being part of this.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.:
All right, thank you everybody.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar just completed an important mark: visiting all 99 of Iowa's counties.
Former Vice President Biden also made news this weekend, backtracking after initially saying he wouldn't comply if subpoenaed to testify in President Trump's impeachment trial. Biden had said his role and his son's role on an energy board in Ukraine are not relevant, but later:
I would honor whatever the Congress, in fact, legitimately asked me to do.
The candidate told reporters that he would comply with a subpoena, but believes there is no basis for one. The issue has come up on the trail.
In New Hampshire, a voter asked how much money the Bidens made in Ukraine. The former V.P. responded:
I released 20 years — 21 years of my tax returns. Your guy hasn't released one. What's he hiding?
There are other dynamics in the campaign, one being a fund-raising deadline for all candidates tomorrow.
Sen. Bernie Sanders:
We have now, as of today, received more contributions from more Americans than any candidate in the history of American politics.
Another dynamic for Bernie Sanders nearly three months after a heart attack, his health. Today, the Sanders campaign released letters from three doctors recently concluding he has recovered well, his exercise capacity is average for a man his age, and he is more than fit enough to campaign and become president.
I'm going to beat Donald Trump.
One more dynamic, the group of candidates outside the top five working overtime as well. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has launched a new positive ad in Iowa.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.:
The call of this election is the call to unite in common cause and common purpose.
A sentiment echoed in New Hampshire by Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii:
A house divided against itself cannot stand. And, sadly, this is exactly where we are as a country. Our country is deeply divided.
Some 15 candidates remain in the Democratic race for president, with just over a month until the first votes begin.
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Lisa Desjardins is a correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she covers news from the U.S. Capitol while also traveling across the country to report on how decisions in Washington affect people where they live and work.
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