Iowa – On the same day retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s Democratic Steak Fry became a de facto Hillary Clinton campaign rally, another group of Iowa progressives gathered in a basement to hear from a potential presidential candidate who’s not sure he actually wants to be president. That would be Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Anybody who really wants to be president, who wakes up with a burning desire, is a little bit crazy. You should distrust anybody who really wants to be president,” Sanders said at one point, only half joking.
He is one of the few Democrats openly contemplating a challenge to the former secretary of state in a possible presidential campaign. This past weekend’s events in Iowa provide a backdrop for the stark contrast in the infrastructures supporting each potential candidate.
Sanders’ event in the crowded and balmy basement looked nothing like the highly produced Steak Fry, with it’s carefully placed tractors and sea of matching t-shirts. However, the 300 or 400 devotees who crammed in to the Grace United Methodist Church were just as fired up as the 7,000 gathered at the Steak Fry.
Sanders got no less than three standing ovations – one when he walked in, another when he was introduced, and a third when he concluded his very long speech. And cheers went up when it was mentioned that he’s considering a presidential bid. Outside, a large homemade cardboard sign read “Win Bernie Win!”
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