Inspiration vs. pragmatism: Democrats face tough 2020 choice

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats beginning to think about the type of person they’d like to see take on President Donald Trump face an early conundrum: whether a pragmatist has a better chance to take the White House than someone with a more inspirational personal story.

This heart-versus-head balancing act comes into focus as White House prospects begin making trips to Iowa ahead of announcing their plans.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota will be in the state on Saturday, representing the case for pragmatism. Others in this camp include Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, each of whom cruised to re-election in states that Trump carried in 2016.

It’s not an easy argument to make to early state activists as hungry for inspiration as they are for victory.

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