SXSW Adds Democratic Presidential Candidates to 2019 Lineup

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From left: Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro are among the speakers joining SXSW's Conversations About America's Future series.

SXSW is wading into presidential politics with its new conversation series. 

The festival on Monday announced Conversations About America's Future, a two-day lineup in collaboration with The Texas Tribune featuring interviews with several Democratic presidential candidates including Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. housing secretary Julian Castro.

The event will feature speakers across the political spectrum. Also on the lineup are former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, former Denver Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Additional speakers are expected to be announced. 

"There is no better place to have these important conversations about the future of our country and the many issues facing it than SXSW," said SXSW chief programming officer Hugh Forrest. "Our audience is made up of a young and diverse group of people, who are savvy, smart early adopters from the creative industries and beyond. I couldn't think of a better group to have participate in helping solve these complex problems."

Several high-profile interviewers will take part in the series. Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher will interview Klobuchar; BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith will interview Hickenlooper; and HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen will interview Castro. 

Conversations About America's Future is set to take place March 9-10 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. It adds to a politics-heavy SXSW lineup that includes speakers Stacey Abrams, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI). 

SXSW is set to run March 8-17.