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Jessie Opoien, moderator and Cap Times opinion editor, speaks with Tom Perez, Democratic National Committee, during the Cap Times Idea Fest on Friday.

It's time for another season of Live from Cap Times Idea Fest, the podcast bringing you the best conversations from the annual multi-day festival at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. To kick things off, we're bringing you a highlight from the 2019 festival: Opinion editor Jessie Opoien's interview with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez.

Perez flew to Madison from Houston, Texas right after the Democratic presidential debate on Sept. 12, and after grabbing a quick bite to eat on the Memorial Union terrace, joined Jessie on the stage of Shannon Hall for a conversation about the state of the Democratic Party and the 2020 race. In their extensive talk, Perez discussed his own ties to Wisconsin, his party's ground game in the state, his thoughts on the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates, and his feelings on socialism becoming a growing theme in political discourse on the left.

And, of course, there's the ultimate question: What is Tom Perez's favorite Wisconsin beer, and Wisconsin cheese?

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