AMES, Iowa – It was hard to miss him at the homecoming parade.
The band flourished. The floats were floating. And there he was – in the middle of everything – his hands waving, hair flying.
“Hello Bernie!” Called someone from the sidewalk.
“How are you doing?” He shouted.
Senator Bernie Sanders in Vermont has not yet announced that he is driving. But for several blocks in this university city on Sunday afternoon, he really marched.
But if democratic euphoria was the theme of the day, Mr. Sanders also made a precautionary note about the party’s prospects in the middle of the election on November 6th.
“I do not think it will be this great blue wave,” he said earlier on Sunday at an event in Fort Dodge, in northern central Iowa. “I happen to believe that on the night of the election, which party controlling, the United States House will come down to a few places.”
In an interview after the parade in Ames, when he finished a sandwich, he elaborated.
“I think it may happen,” he said, about Democrats who take control of Congress. “I do everything I can to make it happen. But one thing I will definitely guarantee you: It will not happen if people sit back and are cakes and talk about how safe they are to win.”
” I only issue a warning, and that warning is that conviction will result in disaster, “he added.
To this end, Mr Sanders has launched a nine-pronged campaign blitz ahead of the mid-term election, trying to ensure that the Democrats will vote.
Already. Sanders had a campaign in Indiana, Michigan and South Carolina. After Iowa there would be a stop in Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado. Later in the week he will rally in Nevada with Jacky Rosen, who drives Dean Heller, the Republican’s most threatened commander in the Senate. Mr. Sanders will finish his tour in California.
If the powerful heavy campaign turn also seems adapted to a potential run for the White House, Sanders says that he is only focused on the candidates he wants to help.
In Iowa, for example, he was a campaign for JD Scholten, who runs against representative Steve King in the state’s northwestern district.
But throughout his weekend in Iowa, it did not seem. Mr Sanders was just thinking about marching.
During the events of Fort Dodge and Sioux City this weekend, Mr. Sanders what sounded very much like his stupid, with flourishing lines about “Medicare for All” and a $ 15 minimum wage. At a conversation here, he spoke of how important Iowa had been for his president’s run in 2016. In the middle of all his addresses, he called President Trump a “pathological liar” who suffered a applause.
And at the end of the interview, when asked if he drove to president, Sanders was almost beamed. “Um,” he said after a blow. But he was soon back on the message and commented on how he hoped his appearance in Iowa would help turn Mr. Kings seat.
“My job right now, and that’s the simple truth,” he said finally “is doing all I can to see we end a party rule in Washington.”