THOMAS BEAUMONT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE
AMES, Iowa (AP) — In the liberal strongholds of Des Moines' west side and the Iowa State University campus in Ames, not once was South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg asked by voters recently about the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
It's not that the investigation into the president's request for foreign help in his reelection effort is an afterthought for Democrats whose votes in Iowa will start the nominating process. Quite the opposite.
Instead, it's that the impeachment inquiry is so ingrained in the 2020 campaign that there's little point in bringing it up.
Democratic voters say they don't expect that the president will be removed from office, so they are concentrating instead of selecting the strongest opponent to