At an event that eschewed Trumpian theatrics for earnest discussion, Democratic heavyweights hoped to prove the party can think big

The Center for American Progress wasn’t hosting a presidential cattle call. Instead, it was an ideas conference, just one that roughly a dozen potential Democratic presidential contenders showed up to on Tuesday.

A mix of Democratic donors and activists gathered in a subterranean hotel ballroom for the event, hosted by the premier center-left thinktank in Washington, for a full day of speakers that began with the senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, and the New York Times columnist Paul Krugman discussing the economy and culminated in a keynote speech on democracy from the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.

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