Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Julián Castro among presidential contenders heading to SXSW
The festival best known for its music acts is fast becoming a haven for presidential contenders.
Already, nine presidential candidates have been put on the schedule to speak during two days of the South By Southwest festival in Austin. SXSW organizers have said they will all be part of a two-day series of conversations about the future of the country. Announced Democratic contenders U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro; former Maryland Gov. John Delaney, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg are all scheduled to speak at the events on March 9 and March 10. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is also scheduled to speak. He is not in the race yet, but is reportedly nearing a decision to run.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, a Republican who has opened an exploratory committee for 2020, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran for president in 2016, are among the Republicans on tap to speak.
SXSW is featuring other political voices too. U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, will all be featured during SXSW, which runs from March 8 to March 17. The festival, which began in 1987, drew in 432,500 people over 10 days last year.
“There is no better place to have these important conversations about the future of our country and the many issues facing it than SXSW,” said Hugh Forrest, chief programming officer for SXSW.