2020 contenders take aim at Trump with SOTU guests

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress who'd like to take President Donald Trump's place in 2021 planned to deliver messages of their own Tuesday at his second State of the Union with the string of guests they invited to hear the address live at the Capitol.

Some guests were invited to highlight the recent government shutdown over Trump's border wall request, which resulted in the speech's delay from its initial January date. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., planned to bring air-traffic controller Trisha Pesiri-Dybvik, one of the 800,000 federal workers furloughed last month and a victim of the California wildfires. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was bringing Sajid Shahriar, a labor leader who organized rallies last month calling for the government to re-open.

Other guests of potential Trump rivals were to include those currently affected by policies advocated — or opposed — by the president. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. — who plans to introduce legislation pushing back on Trump's ban on transgender service members — announced she is bringing Navy Lieutenant Commander Blake Dremann, a decorated transgender service member who was deployed 11 times and received the Navy's highest logistics award.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)

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Julian Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio and a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California)

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John Delaney, former Maryland congressman

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York)

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Richard Ojeda, former West Virginia senator and military veteran


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)

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Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America

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Pete Buttigeig, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

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Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks CEO

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R)

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)

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Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D)

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)

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LONDONDERRY, NH - APRIL 19: Democratic Presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attends a campaign stop at Stonyfield Farms on April 19, 2019 in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Recent polls are showing Buttigieg is gaining ground with Democrats in the presidential nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
SOMERSWORTH, NH - APRIL 19: Democratic Presidential Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign stop at a cafe on April 19, 2019 in Somersworth, New Hampshire. The 2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful met supporters and answered various questions. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 15: Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., arrives for the House Democrats' caucus meeting in the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

And potential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., invited Cameron Kasky, survivor of the Parkland shooting-turned-student activist who co-founded Never Again MSD, a gun control advocacy organization.

Potential 2020 candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was to bring a mother whose son passed away because he couldn't afford his insulin, writing on Twitter that the two are "Working together to make sure that never happens to another family."

Meanwhile, at least one 2020 contender planned to bring a guest the president would likely approve of: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., invited Edward Douglas, a former prisoner from Chicago who was eligible for release from his lifetime sentence after Trump signed into law the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform measure.

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