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Appearing at a fundraising event for outgoing U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Sunday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the gathered crowd of Democratic Party supporters, "Hello, Iowa. I'm baaaack!" Regarding the widely held assumption that Clinton will run for president in 2016, she addressed the issue most directly by saying, "It is true I am thinking about it."
Monday, 15 September 2014 23:50

Bernie Sanders fires up devotees in Iowa

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DES MOINES, 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 church 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.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has belonged to one political party in his lifetime: the anti-war Liberty Union Party.

That was back in the 1970s. Since then, Sanders has forged his own political path, caucusing with Democrats in Congress but remaining independent on the ballot.

On Monday, the Senate's only self-described socialist, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, hinted again that he might run for president in 2016. In an interview when Jeff Zeleny of Yahoo! News, Sanders said the US was now in an oligarchy, and that if the public understood how the social welfare state worked in countries like Denmark and Sweden, they'd strongly support it. Asked if he was offering a possible platform for a presidential run, Sanders said, "I think it's a damn good platform."

Rand Paul is the two-word answer to the question “Why should the Democrats hope Bernie Sanders runs in the Democratic primaries?”

A small group of progressive activists will meet Tuesday to form a "Draft Bernie Sanders for President" steering committee in Johnson County, Iowa, to persuade the Vermont senator to run as a Democrat in the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont politician who is a self-described democratic socialist, is the focus of a draft for president committee in Johnson County. A press release from the group says it wants him to run for president as a Democrat in the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

When Neil Nevins introduced Sen. Bernard Sanders before he spoke in Warner, N.H., on a sunny Saturday in June, he ticked off the highlights of Sanders’ resumé: Burlington mayor, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator.

“We are not quite sure what the next path is,” said Nevins, owner of Mainstreet Bookends in Warner.

To which the crowd of roughly 250 yelled in near unison: “President!”

The Vermont senator doesn’t want to talk about Hillary—or any ‘political gossip.’ But even as his fans pooh-pooh his 2016 odds, he has other ways of derailing the Democrats’ Chosen One. When Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to talk about something he doesn’t want to talk about, he pushes his chair away from the table, folds his hands in his lap, lowers his voice, and answers questions in short, Hemingwayesque bursts, his trademark Brooklyn patois reduced to a growling whisper.

And the things the Vermont senator doesn’t want to talk are

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