Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will not be there, her senior adviser told JNS.
“Senator Gillibrand was not planning to speak at the policy conference and will not be attending,” said Glen Caplin. “As she does every year, she will meet separately with her New York constituents.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro are not slated to go to the conference, known as the largest annual pro-Israel gathering, reported the Associated Press.
Harris addressed the 2017 policy conference.
Sanders skipped the conference in 2016 as a presidential candidate. He reportedly offered to address the conference remotely, citing scheduling conflicts, but was denied by AIPAC. Instead, Sanders released a speech of what he would’ve said had he been in attendance.
Sanders’s policy director Josh Orton confirmed his upcoming absence, saying the senator is “concerned about the platform AIPAC is providing for leaders who have expressed bigotry and oppose a two-state solution.”
Citing a scheduling conflict, former Rep. John Delaney will not be in attendance.
“He’s attended the conference every year since he’s been in Congress, and he very much looks forward to being back next year,” deputy press secretary Ahmed Elsayed told the AP.
JNS reached out to the remaining candidates to see whether or not they plan on attending, but has not received comment. They include Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), author Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
US Vice President Mike Pence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are among the main speakers scheduled to address the conference, which take place from March 24-26, just weeks before Israelis go to the polls on April 9.