Senator Bernie Sanders has made the claim that Friday he and freshman lawmaker and media sensation AOC drew the largest crowd thus far in Iowa.
Des Moines register reports U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday made the first trip of her life to Iowa, and helped draw what U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is calling the largest crowd in the state so far in the 2020 cycle.
More than 2,400 people filled an Iowa Western Community College arena to hear Ocasio-Cortez, a political celebrity who recently endorsed Sanders’ presidential campaign, and Sanders himself.
It’s a hundred more than South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign estimated drawing a week prior at the Iowa State Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Dinner, typically seen as a landmark in the race to caucus day. It’s hard to say how many Iowans were at either rally; the dinner draws supporters from all over the country, and Council Bluffs’ proximity to Nebraska naturally drew supporters and onlookers from the Cornhusker state as well as Iowans.
CN reports, Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was joined by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as he stumped on the campus of Iowa Western Community College to spread his messages of solidarity across regions, remaking the economy from the top down and addressing crises in health care and global warming.
As one would expect when appearing with the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, the message the two delivered touted the nation’s ability to transform political and economic systems to benefit all citizens, particularly those who have been denied an opportunity to improve their lives.
Much of the night was focused on unifying the disparate factions and different regions of the nation, including assertions that the efforts of President Donald Trump to “divide people up” is the reason why the first-term Republican will not win re-election.
“People sometimes say Alexandria and I are an odd couple,” Sanders joked. “That’s okay, I’m not ageist. Diversity is what makes us great. That is something Trump and his friends will never be able to tear apart. We become more human when my family cares about your family, and your family cares about my family.”
Sanders, a senator from Vermont, delivered his refrain to over 2,400 supporters about what the progressive platform offers Americans, from Medicare for All to cancelling student debt. But most of the night was dedicated to encouraging people to make changes in government and their lives.
“What this campaign is about is a new vision about what we are entitled to as human beings,” Sanders said. “When tens of millions of people stand up for justice, there is nothing the corporate elite can do to stop it.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed the senator in October before a crowd of 25,000 people in Queens, New York, alluded to how transformative this message can be. This week marks the one-year anniversary of her election to the House of Representatives. Until she took office, she was working as a bartender without insurance in New York City. Sanders’ unlikely success in the 2016 Democratic primary famously inspired her to run for Congress.
“I felt like I didn’t deserve a good life,” Ocasio-Cortez said of her earlier perspective. “In the wealthiest nation in the world, we can choose to become an advanced society. At the core, that’s the decision we need to make. Millions of Americans going without insurance is not a coincidence, this is a consequence of the system we have, one that prioritizes corporate profit at any and all human cost.”
On her first trip to Iowa, Ocasio-Cortez said she came because she wants to learn and grow as part of an effort to “stitch together” the nation.
“There’s a lot of talk about unity. I want something better. I want solidarity. I’ll fight for Iowa, if you in Iowa say you will fight for the Bronx,” she said.
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