MALCOM, Iowa – Poweshiek County Has Lower Than 19,000 Residents, But The Glare Of The National Political Spotlight What Focuses On This Tiny Spot Between Des Moines and Iowa City, Bernard Sanders and former congressman Beto O'Rourke came within a few miles of every other windmill.
Both men spend the weekend campaigning heavily in Iowa and saying they are getting better and better
For Sanders (I-Vt.), who has been criticized for having little interaction with voters, that meant answering questions from people in Malcom about what they wanted to discuss: student aid for undocumented immigrants,
At one point during his town hall, aide warned Sanders they were running short on time. "
" No, "Sanders replied.
For O'Rourke, who has been accused of being heavy on rhetoric and
"Let me try again," he said at Grinnell College.
"When it comes to I speak about transparency, accountability, tying federal funds to full reporting on the use of force and against what is being forced, "he said. "I talked about the civil rights lawsuits of the United States to transcend local and state jurisdictions to make sure the full power and accountability of the federal government comes into play community. "
This weekend in Iowa, he says," He heeded them "by John F. Kennedy. But he also said that he did not know what to do with his lofty rhetoric.
"I want to see very specific legislation. "I want to see legislative ideas," said Maya Dru, a 21-year-old sociology major at Grinnell College who asked O'Rourke how to vote for his words about addressing climate change Gulf of Mexico. [O'Rourketoldherheregrettedthevote)
"I think saying 'I regret my vote' is one thing, but they need to somehow make it clear that they will hold the individuals and corporations that (contribute to) climate change responsible,
Dru said she was miffed when O'Rourke said "What is he going to do, text me? "
" He's talking about Tinder to us, "said Henry Brannan, a 21-year-old sociology and American major at Grinnell who is leaning toward Sanders, referring to a common line in O'Rourke's speech about rural broadband. "His rhetoric in general is clearly aimed at us, but there's clearly no substance behind it. His website, which I've been looking at recently, has vision statements. There's nothing concrete about this. "
O'Rourke announced last week he had raised $ 9.4 million in 18 days, a clip of more than half a million dollars a day. Sanders leads the Democratic field in fundraising, having raised $ 18 million in 41 days.
A chunk of that money is going to win over young voters, who have fueled both men's campaigns in the past. Nearly a third of O'Rourke's stops during his 16-event Blitz of the State in recent days were at colleges, including some that Sanders had stopped at. Sanders held an event at William Penn University, and this was a brief drive from Grinnell College.
Both candidates have appeared in Iowa before. Sanders's rallies have followed a format similar to his 2016: Sanders's policy has been promulgated by many of them.
But Sanders's supporters have told him that he or she is trying to find a voter in a state such as Iowa or with black voters in South Carolina who would like to be interviewed at the time of writing with selfie-snapping candidates as O'Rourke Sen. Kamala D. Harris D-Calif.) And Sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.)
Sanding's spokesman in Muscatine, former Ohio state senator Nina Turner, a co-chair of Sanders's campaign, told the crowd, "This
A couple of minutes later, Sanders took questions from a dozen people, including Shannon Abel, who lives a blockage and asked about soaring Medicare costs.
"I do not need need politicians to be kissing babies and taking selfies, but I think it's important to have communication with people, "Abel said after the town hall. "I just wanted him to hear my story. I wanted to be heard. "
O'Rourke faced the opposite problem. In many of his Iowa stops, he takes more time answering voters' questions than delivering his stump speech – then the events taking selfies with attendees
But his opponents have their supporters behind him his rhetoric outweighs his accomplishments, and that he benefits from charm and personality while painting clear policy ideas.
O'Rourke has time to impress with additional detail, but Sanders has few options when it comes to Iowa voters this weekend: his age. Sanders is 77, and O'Rourke 46. O'Rourke events mentioned the age of Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden, who is 76, suggesting concerns about who they were too old to lead the country.
O'Rourke's early days as a presidential contender, in which he barnstormed Across Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada and elsewhere with events of his own making. In his stump speech, the former Texas congressman often touts his ability to woo younger voters, pointing to his losing 2018 Senate race in which the youth vote in Texas what up dramatically.
At Iowa State University, a young voter O'Rourke being he thought his youth was "a handicap or. , , more of an advantage. "
" Definitely an advantage, "O'Rourke replied, though he did not elaborate.
Sanders, who is the oldest candidate in the race, joked about his age onstage, reminding people that "I'm the junior senator from Vermont. The other guy's older. "
Joanne Alvorez, 27, who is studying for a master's degree in social work at the University of Iowa, said she likes the college affordability plans Sanders promotes. But she's turned off by his age. "
" I'm over old white men leading this country, "she said. ". , , Recently I've just been doing a good job. "