AMES, Iowa – It was hard to miss him at the homecoming parade.
The band was booming. The cars were swimming. And there he was – in the middle of all this – waving hands, flying hair.
"Hello, Bernie!" Someone called from the sidewalk.
"How are you?" He called back.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has not yet announced that he is running. But for some blocks in this college town on Sunday afternoon, he was certainly marching.
From the frontline of a group of Iowa State College Democrats, Sanders, widely believed to prepare another presidential nomination, inspired cheers and chants, his mere presence makes up the kind of political excitement that this early elective state knows so well.
"I do not believe there will be this big blue wave" he said Sunday at an event in Fort Dodge in north central Iowa. "I happen to believe that on election night, which party is controlling the US house, there are very few seats left."
In an interview after the parade in Ames, when he finished a sandwich, he explained
"I think that could happen," he said, adding that the Democrats are taking over control of Congress. "I do everything I can to make it happen, but one thing I will absolutely guarantee you: It will not happen when people sit back and are arrogant and talk about how confident they are to win."  "I only give a warning, and this warning is this overconfidence that will lead to disaster," he added.
To this end, before the midterm elections, Mr. Sanders has launched an election campaign with nine states to ensure that the Democrats go to the polls.
Yes, Mr. Sanders had fought in Indiana, Michigan, and South Carolina. After Iowa, it would stop in Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado. Later this week, he will meet in Nevada with Jacky Rosen, who is running against Dean Heller, the Senate's most vulnerable Republican. Mr. Sanders will finish his tour in California.
If the battle-hardened campaign change also seems to be in line with a possible run on the White House, then Mr. Sanders says he focuses only on the candidates he wants to help.
In Iowa, for example, he fought for JD Scholten, who competes against Representative Steve King in the northwestern district of the state.
But throughout his weekend in Iowa, Mr. Sanders did not just seem to think of it
At the Fort Dodge and Sioux City events over the weekend, Mr. Sanders made a speech that sounded very much like his stump speech, booming Rows on "Medicare for All" and a minimum wage of $ 15. Speaking at a rally, he talked about how important Iowa was for his term as presidential candidate in 2016. In the midst of all his speeches, he named President Trump a "pathological liar," applauding with loud applause.
And at the end When asked if he would stand for the President, Mr. Sanders was practically beaming. "Um," he said after a hit. But he was soon in a position to comment on how he hoped his appearance in Iowa would help reverse Mr. King's seat.
"My job now, and that's the simple truth," he finally said. Everything is to be done to see that we end the one-party rule in Washington. "