Tech, Music And Film, Yes, But South By Southwest Is Also A Big Draw For Politicians

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez drew a huge crowd when she spoke at the festival over the weekend.

By Laura RiceMarch 11, 2019 2:36 pm,

South by Southwest – known to most by the shorthand, SXSW – is an event that many likely know for its music and film offerings, but it’s also become a hub for some of the biggest political celebrities of the day. That includes certain Democratic presidential candidates.

Anthony Zurcher is a Washington, D.C.-based reporter for the BBC, and says nine democratic presidential candidates will appear at the festival, which started last week and lasts through Sunday.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

— Why political candidates are using the festival as an opportunity to gain notoriety

— How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stole the spotlight at the festival over the weekend

— How SXSW is a networking opportunity for political candidates

Written by Morgan Kuehler.