Sanders rallies supporters in Rapid City

By Landon Bernskoetter

Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of about 3,000 in. Feb. 1, 2020. (Photo by Landon Bernskoetter)

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Democratic presidential race is in full swing, with Iowa turning into a virtual battlefield among a handful of hopefuls. Bernie Sanders held a rally in the US Cellular Center on Saturday – two days prior to the nation’s first caucus – to prepare his campaign for Monday’s contest.

Iowa is often viewed as a key state in the run-up to the Democratic convention this July in Milwaukee. Both Barack Obama (2008) and Hillary Clinton (2016) won the Iowa caucus, signaling the importance of taking the Hawkeye State.

Saturday’s event drew around 3,000 Sanders supporters, beginning with an introduction from controversial filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore. He discussed the importance of sending Sanders to the White House, with a constant reminder that it has to be “anybody but Trump.”

Following Moore were appearances by a slew of prominent Democratic politicians and personalities. Democratic representatives Ilhan Omar, Mark Pocan, and Pramila Jayapal bid their support for Sanders. In addition, prominent activist Cornel West gave an impassioned speech discussing how Sanders has been consistent since the days of the American civil rights movement.

The evening concluded with the band Vampire Weekend, popular with many of the young voters making Sanders a popular candidate among Generation Y and post-millennials. The raucous, grassroots atmosphere provided a glimpse into what appears to be a promising primary season.

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