Democratic Candidates Meet in Iowa

IOWA – For the first time this campaign season, the five Democrats vying for president just spoke on the same stage.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia and Lincoln Chafee, a former governor and senator from Rhode Island, spoke at the sold-out Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame dinner in Cedar Rapids.

Over a thousand Iowa Democrats filled the hall; hundreds of Democrats filled the streets of Iowa at mini rallies in support of their candidates. Democrats were anxious to hear what the candidates had to say and all were received warmly. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders received the largest ovations.

Clinton remains far ahead in Iowa Democratic polls, but Sanders is gaining. The most recent poll put Clinton ahead, 52 percent to 33 percent.

After hearing each of the Democratic candidates speaks, there is a clear difference and choice between the Democratic and Republican parties and their beliefs are starkly different.

Unlike the Republican candidates, the five Democratic candidates had clear messages directly focused on middle class Americans. Jobs, education, health care, fair pay, equal pay, criminal justice reform and immigration reform were the top topics to highlight each of the candidates.

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