Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at an Indianola, Iowa, residence on Thursday, July 4, 2019, as part of a three-day campaign over the holiday weekend. (Olivia Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP)

2020 Democrats see opportunity on foreign policy

July 05, 2019 - 12:37 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the leading Democrats in the 2020 presidential contest are working to strengthen their foreign policy bona fides. They're eager to address their own inexperience on national security matters and draw a contrast with President Donald Trump's unpredictable approach to trouble spots overseas.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is considering a trip abroad. California Sen. Kamala Harris' growing foreign policy team is highlighting her access to the nation's most guarded secrets in her position on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Pete Buttigieg touts his military service. And with increasing frequency, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is talking about Iran, Venezuela and peace in the Middle East.

So far, foreign policy has taken a backseat in the Democratic primary to domestic issues. But national security can quickly become a front-burner issue.

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