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Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti tests the waters in Iowa as he mulls 2020 presidential bid

Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, toured Iowa last week to explore his chances at a 2020 presidential run. (Image source: YouTube screecap)

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti toured Iowa last week, speaking to voters and testing the waters for a possible presidential bid in 2020.

What? Is he serious?

Avenatti spoke at the Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake last week, after making an appearance at the state fair and meeting with Democratic Party officials.

He told the Clear Lake crowd, the Chicago Tribune reported, that the left needs a true fighter to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.

"What I fear for this Democratic Party that I love is that we have a tendency to bring nail clippers to gun fights," he said. "Tonight, I want to suggest a different court. I believe that the Democratic Party must be a party that fights fire with fire."

The lawyer then added, "When they go low, I say we hit harder."

Speaking to MSNBC's Vaughn Hillyard, Avenatti said that "the 'when they go low, we go high approach,' will not work. I think we tried that in 2016," referring to former first lady Michelle Obama's famous quip during her 2016 Democratic National Committee convention speech.

Hillyard reported on "The Morning Joe" Tuesday that Iowa Democrats in Clear Lake were receptive to Avenatti's message. One voter told Hillyard he thought Avenatti could "easily" beat President Trump in 2020, saying, "Can you imagine Trump debating [Avenatti]?  That wouldn't be a fair fight at all."

In an interview with the Tribune, Avenatti said he plans to head to New Hampshire in the coming weeks to talk to voters there, before making another trip back to Iowa.

"I've learned that the people of Iowa are fairly receptive to me and receptive to my message," he said.

Avenatti outlined some of his policy positions on Twitter on Tuesday.

"Many have asked me my position on various issues," he wrote. "Below is a summary of where I stand. This is not an exhaustive list and more positions & details will follow. Most importantly, I didn't have to hire a pollster or political consultant to tell me what to say or what to believe."

The presidential hopeful attached a memo titled, "What I Believe," to the post, which outlined several details of his platform. Avenatti wrote that he is in favor of Medicare for all, supports abortion "full stop," and called climate change an "urgent threat."

The lawyer told ABC News on Sunday that he does agree with Trump on trade.

"I agree with the president that there have been a number of trade deals put in place over the years that have been on one side," he said.

How did this come about?

Avenatti became a media darling earlier this year when he sued Trump on behalf of his client, porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Daniels claims to have had a sexual relationship with the president prior to his taking office and is suing to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed. President Trump denies the affair.

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