DES MOINES – We’re approaching crunch time in Iowa’s campaign season.
On Saturday, two of the top Democratic presidential candidates stopped in Ddes Moines for the Putting Families First Forum. It gave a chance for Midwestern grassroots leaders to get answers on their pressing concerns.
Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders each had about an hour to separately campaign and take questions.
One big name—front runner Hillary Clinton—was not there. It was a time Sanders and O’Malley used to try to make up ground.
An energetic crowd filled the sanctuary at First Christian Church. Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley spent quality time getting to know Midwestern voters and their values.
“What this campaign is about, what this political revolution is about is saying there is something profoundly wrong in this country,” said Sanders.
Hillary Clinton was a no-show, as she focused on campaigning elsewhere.
“I wish she had been here to hear the stories of the people who really need to change in their communities, and really hear the stories of people who are going through tragedy on a day to day basis,” said Rasheen Aldridge, a St. Louis resident.
So, O’Malley and Sanders worked to capitalize on their new opportunity.
“I will make the case that the people who work with three year olds are doing more important work than college professors do,” said Sanders.
Arique Aguilar came from southern Minnesota to get answers about improving the immigration process….
“I’m a U.S. Citizen being punished physically, emotionally and psychologically,” she told Sanders.
The topic brought an impassioned response from both men.
“They no longer have to live in the shadows,” said Sanders. “I am going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship for 11 million undocumented.”
“We need to stop these mindless deportation policies that are ripping families apart for absolutely no good,” said O’Malley.
And now, with the support of this crowd of 700 strong, they’re hoping to ride this momentum to Washington