Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters during a rally at Hec Ed Pavilion that drew an estimated 15,000 people to the University of Washington. The rally filled the arena and left thousands outside. (photo: Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com)
Scott Galindez | Reader Supported News | January 23, 2016
hen I first got to Iowa last February to cover the caucuses, I was more interested in the “Run Warren Run” effort than in Bernie Sanders. I, like some others, still thought the Socialist label would be too hard to run on. But then Bernie made a swing through Iowa, and I saw that his message was resonating.
It was an event at a bookstore in Iowa City that initially caught my attention. There were people standing in places where they couldn’t even see Bernie. There were people in the coffee shop (not the same room), and every now and then you would hear them cheer even though you couldn’t see them. Those lucky enough to get a seat were more enthusiastic than any other crowd I had seen before that day. It was at 4 p.m. on a weekday, so many must have left work early or taken the day off to see Bernie.
The next day, a community group in Des Moines had an awards dinner. Bernie was the keynote speaker, and he got several standing ovations. Then came a stop in Ames, Iowa, where the Democratic Party had their annual soup supper. They loved him, and I heard the treasurer tell people that they had raised more money than at any other event they had ever held.