Presidential hopeful Gov. Jay Inslee visits Council Bluffs

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) - Democratic Presidential Candidate Gov. Jay Inslee visited Council Bluffs Friday night to discuss his platform and plans for the country.

Gov. Jay Inslee visits Council Bluffs on Friday, April 12, 2019, ahead of his presidential bid.

With the list of candidates for the 2020 election constantly expanding, and many of them visiting Iowa, voters have a lot to think about.

"There is only one person who has said categorically that defeating climate change has to be job one and has to be the first and foremost paramount duty of the United States," Gov. Inslee said at the meeting in Council Bluffs.

Climate change is the issue he hopes will win over the crowd.

Voter Rhonda Niel-Hurst said a candidate who bridges party lines is the one who will stand out to her.

"I"m looking for the vision. I'm looking for the message who appeals to all Americans no matter what party they're in," she said.

Niel-Hurst also wants to see someone willing to develop their stances.

"Who's listening as much as they are sharing ideas," she explained.

First-time voter Bailey Larson said the number of Democrats to choose from will make the decision even harder.

"Yes, I do 100 percent believe that," she said.

Larson said tools like YouTube and social media give young people an opportunity to hear messages straight from the candidates.

"Yeah, just try to do as much research as you can before you make your vote," she said.

Many constituents said they want to feel connected to a candidate. Neil-Hurst said presidential hopefuls who can understand the middle class will go a long way at the polls.

"I want to know that my voice is as important as a CEO," she said.

The first democratic debate is just months away.