“Donald Trump is treating farmers like poker chips in one of his bankrupt casinos,” Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar said to an audience of farmers and agricultural industry members. | Joshua Lott/Getty Images

By SABRINA RODRIGUEZ

12/15/2019 07:06 AM EST

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — More than 600 Teamsters union members and retirees from across the country came here recently to hear six of the top Democratic presidential candidates make the case for why they’re best for American workers.

Former Vice President Joe Biden pitched himself as “labor from belt buckle to shoe sole.” Pete Buttigieg promised as president he would not be “laughed at by the leaders of the world.”

But after two hours and five candidates, not a single one mentioned trade — a topic that’s roiling rural Iowa, which has been hard-hit by President Donald Trump’s trade wars.

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