Roughly 2000 turn out to hear Bernie Sanders speak at town meeting in Dubuque, Iowa, concluding his three-day swing through the state.
Opponent Hillary Clinton was in Dubuque earlier in the week, but only attracted a crowd of roughly 400.
In his speech, the independent Senator from Vermont said that his campaign will bring people together, and that when people are brought together, there is nothing that can stop them.
Sanders touched on the need for an economy that works for everyone, not just a handful of billionaires. He said that income and wealth inequality is one of the major issues facing America today.
Senator Sanders said that the current minimum wage was a ‘starvation wage’ and called for it to be raised to $15 an hour. He said he would also fight for increased paid medical and family leave.
Dubuque was the Senator’s final stop after a three-day swing through Iowa. He will be holding a fundraiser on Monday in Chicago, Illinois.
More than 3000 Iowans watched and listened to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a Democratic party picnic in Eldridge.
Sanders was in Eldridge on Sunday, a city of just 6000 people. More than 3000 showed up at a picnic to hear him speak about his vision for America.
Under the heat of the August sun, Sanders called for a political revolution to rebuild and expand the middle class of America.
The independent Senator from Vermont said that many Americans are working two or three jobs in order to survive, and are unable to afford to send their kids to college or even make ends meet.
“Almost all of the wealth and all of the income is going to the top 1 percent. And what we are here to say today is enough is enough. This great country and our government belong to all of us and not to a handful of billionaires and that is what this campaign is about,” Sanders said.
Sanders also called for the expansion of social security and pay equity for women workers.
Speaking at a town hall in Boone on Saturday, Bernie Sanders pledged to fight harder than anyone to end racism in America, making it a focus of his speech to the small Iowan town.
The independent Senator from Vermont addressed police brutality and racism, saying America still has a long way to come.
Sanders named victims of police brutality, including Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Walter Scott, something he has done at several rallies and meetings this month.
The Senator called for the ending of the militarization of local police departments and criminal justice reform.
Also in his hour-long speech to the 400-strong crowd, Sanders touched on income and wealth inequality, saying the billionaires are unanimous in their hate for him.
“They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred.”
Sanders is in Iowa for a three-day swing through the Hawkeye State.
The Iowa State Fair today went blue for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, with crowds roaring during his speech at the Des Moines Register soap box.
You can watch Sanders’ speech courtesy of C-SPAN here.
Supporters showed up en masse to see Senator Sanders in the Hawkeye State.
Children were having a blast!
People were placing kernels into jars.
But best of all, Bernie and his supporters were grabbing the attention of people across the United States.
People were really quite excited to be meeting the veteran independent from Vermont!
In his speech, Bernie touched on the issues so many Americans are concerned about. He talked about wealth and income inequality, social security and healthcare.
He also scored some pretty neat headlines across the country.
Overall, it was a pretty great day for Bernie!
Bernie Sanders spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of Democrats at the Iowa Wing Ding tonight, where he talked about overturning Citizens United, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, the environment, racial justice and so many other important issues facing Americans today.
In his speech, the Senator from Vermont talked about the enormous enthusiasm around the country for his campaign, citing his recent swing through the West Coast, where roughly 70,000 supporters showed up to support him at his rallies.
Sanders talked about election finance reform, and the ‘disastrous’ Citizen United decision from the Supreme Court. He said that Americans understand that corporate greed is destroying our economy. Senator Sanders restated his support for public funding of elections.
The Wing Ding is an annual fundraising event organised by county Democratic parties in Iowa. Also speaking at the event were other Democratic presidential candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
His speech to the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding is the first leg of his journey through Iowa this weekend, which includes town halls, office openings and a soap box speech at the Iowa State Fair. You can view the campaign’s itinerary here.