Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar Top SXSW Candidate Cavalcade

“Conversations About America’s Future” collab with Texas Tribune

At least five declared candidates for president in 2020, from both parties, and some potential entrants will bring their campaigns to Austin for “Conversations About America’s Future,” a collaboration between South by Southwest and The Texas Tribune happening the first weekend of the conference (March 9-10) at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Leading the presidential pack at SXSW will be senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, along with Texas’ own Julián Castro, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and on the red side, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, the first primary challenger to President Trump. Also confirmed for the conference (though not yet for the campaign) are former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper (D) and former Ohio governor and 2016 contender John Kasich (R), as well as non-2020 aspirant and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The Tribune and SXSW say “more will be announced,” so hold onto your Beto hats.

These “Conversations” will be one-on-ones with prominent journalists, such as Time’s Anand Giridharadas (Warren), BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith (Hickenlooper), Huffington Post’s Lydia Polgreen (Castro), and Crooked Media’s Ana Marie Cox (Buttigieg). “There is no better place to have these important conversations about the future of our country,” said SXSW’s Hugh Forrest in a statement. “Our audience is made up of a young and diverse group of people, who are savvy [and] smart … I couldn’t think of a better group to have participate in helping solve complex problems.”

This event-within-the-event adds yet more chewy, buzzy content to SXSW’s Cities, Government, and Politics track, which already features Bronx rockstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Georgia’s almost-governor Stacey Abrams, Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, and Texas border Rep. Will Hurd. While there will be plenty of opportunities to see and touch these political stars, the track is designed to explore (in SXSW’s words) “how factors such as innovative city development, privacy issues, and politics shape policy at all levels of government, and how today’s issues will transform the future through civic engagement.”

“Conversations About America’s Future” take place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Saturday, March 9, and are open to all badge holders.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Election 2020
It's Election Night! Time to Count the Last Few Ballots Cast in 2020
It's Election Night! Time to Count the Last Few Ballots Cast in 2020
FINAL: Kelly unseats Flannigan; Alter, Boswell, Lugo prevail

Mike Clark-Madison, Dec. 15, 2020

Paxton Renews Threats Against Vote-by-Mail
Paxton's Latest Threats
Attorney General threatens “criminal sanctions” for “illegal” VBM

Michael King, June 15, 2020

More by Mike Clark-Madison
Politics Gift Guide 2021: Ain't That Good News
Politics Gift Guide 2021: Ain't That Good News
Gift ideas for the politically and civically minded

Dec. 3, 2021

Austin At Large: Blinking in the Bright Light
Austin At Large: Blinking in the Bright Light
Austinites stagger into the post(?)-pandemic streets, waving at the new neighbors

Dec. 3, 2021

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Election 2020, South by Southwest, Texas Tribune, 2020, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Bill Weld, John Hickenlooper

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle