The two Democrats who have formally emerged to challenge Hillary Clinton for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination visited Iowa this weekend. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders attracted overflow crowds in Ames and Davenport, then Sanders capped his three-day trip with a Saturday night stop in Kensett, where more than 300 people greeted him.
“People are extremely frustrated with status quo economics, the greed of the top one percent, establishment politics,” Sanders told reporters on his way into Kensett’s community center. “…People want a movement, to be part of a movement that takes on the billionaire class. Let me be as blunt as I can be: you have a handful of people in this country with enormous economic and political power who are getting it all.”
Sixty-eight-year-old Tom Reid of Northwood was there in Kensett. He is hoping Sanders “yanks” Hillary Clinton “to the left.”
“I thought I was voting for a liberal when I voted for Obama and we ended up with Bush Lite and I don’t want any more of it,” Reid said during an interview. “I want a Democrat from the Democratic Party with Democratic values and I just don’t think Hillary is committed to that. I think she’s a corporatist. She’s a globalist.”
George Appleby, a long-time political activist in Des Moines who backed Barack Obama in 2008, is backing former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley this time around.
“I personally have Clinton fatigue,” Appleby said Saturday. “I think I’ve found my guy. I think he’s going to do really well.”