Challenging Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Gains Momentum in Iowa

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Bernie Sanders Likens Salacious 1972 Essay To ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’.

Sanders — a self-described socialist who many party leaders consider an unlikely standard-bearer — has started to rise in the polls, while O’Malley is hovering in the low single digits. DES MOINES — A mere 240 people live in the rural northeast Iowa town of Kensett, so when more than 300 crowded into the community center on Saturday night to hear Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, many driving 50 miles, the cellphones of Democratic leaders statewide began to buzz.Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has been forced to address the uncomfortable issue of the graphic sex article he wrote in the early 1970s that has been unearthed following his decision to enter the 2016 presidential campaign.

At campaign stops in early states and elsewhere, the firebrand from Vermont is drawing enthusiastic crowds that are several times larger than those that gather for O’Malley. Kurt Meyer, the county party chairman, who organized the event, sent a text message to Troy Price, the Iowa political director for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Speaking for the first time about the essay, written when he was 30, Sanders described it as ‘very poorly written’ and compared it to the erotic romance novel 50 Shades Of Grey. ‘This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think. Sen Bernie Sanders is calling for early presidential candidate debates — possibly this summer — to flesh out opinions and stimulate voter interest. Burt Cohen, a former state senator from New Hampshire, said he was amazed when 700 people showed up for an event he helped pull together for Sanders at a church in Portsmouth on Wednesday. “I’ve been involved in New Hampshire politics for 40 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Cohen said. “It was electric, from start to finish.” Two weeks ago, before deciding to support Sanders, Cohen attended an O’Malley house party in Durham that was one of the former Maryland governor’s last public events before he launched his candidacy on Saturday.

That was 43 years ago and, if you read it, what it was dealing with was gender stereotypes – why some men like to oppress women, why other women like to be submissive,’ explained Sanders. ‘What I’m focusing on right now are the issues impacting the American people today,’ he said changing the conversation back to his campaign. ‘And that’s what I’ll continue to focus on.’ The unconventional piece titled ‘man – and woman’ was published in February 1972 by the Vermont Freeman, one of dozens of ‘alternative’ newspapers that sprung up and later collapsed during an era of sexual and chemical permissiveness. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Sanders said early debates will highlight policy differences and help voters understand candidates’ positions.

Most of the 50 people there came away thinking O’Malley could be a good president, Cohen said, and that they would be comfortable with him as the Democratic nominee. In a speech on Tuesday marking the launch of his presidential campaign, Sanders had shown a decidedly different side of gender politics, referring to the audience as his ‘brothers and sisters’ and decrying workplace salary inequality. After his campaign announcement in Baltimore, O’Malley hit the campaign trail this weekend in both Iowa and New Hampshire, where he was greeted warmly but also faced questions about his place in a Democratic field.

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs downplayed the essay, telling CNN that it was a ‘dumb attempt at dark satire in an alternative publication’ that ‘in no way reflects his views or record on women.’ Then, however, Sanders wasn’t a run-of-the-mill hippie. O’Malley drew bursts of applause during an appearance at a union hall in Davenport, Iowa, as he pledged to strengthen bargaining rights, break up big banks, expand Social Security benefits and fight a trade deal pending in Congress. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic race on Saturday i Sanders said Sunday he would like to see early debates involve Republican candidates as well. The field is likely to expand further this week with the entry of Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode island senator and governor, who has criticized Clinton more directly than either O’Malley or Sanders have. The liberal magazine Mother Jones unearthed the Sanders essay, calling it ‘a stream-of-consciousness essay on the nature of male-female sexual dynamics.’ Conservatives have begun to complain about a lack of outrage from the political left, comparing Sanders’ case to that of Todd Akin, a former Missouri Republican congressman whose 2012 U.S.

Senate candidacy crashed and burned after he suggested that ‘legitimate’ cases of rape rarely result in pregnancies. ‘Had Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum wrote something along these lines – even 40 years ago – the media wouldn’t stop talking about it for weeks,’ the right-wing Media Research Center opined on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Davenport on Saturday, O’Malley said he brings to the race not only “a fearlessness about my progressive goals” but something else: the accomplishments of running a state and a city. “I believe I offer this alone among the candidates for the Democratic nomination: I have 15 years of executive experience, of actually getting things done,” he said. “Many of us talk about the things we should do, whether it’s increasing the minimum wage, whether it’s investing more in infrastructure and new industries to create more jobs. I’ve actually done those things.” About 100 people came to see O’Malley in Davenport, some pledging to support him and others there to compare him with the competition.

Sanders is focusing on college affordability, climate change and eliminating big money from politics. “Ordinary people here in Minnesota and around the country are wondering why it is that they are working longer hours for lower wage. Clinton: She came in third in Iowa during her presidential run in 2008, and anything less than a decisive victory this time would rattle her shell of inevitability and raise questions about her strengths as a standard-bearer for an increasingly liberal Democratic Party. Sanders is considered the Senate’s most left-wing member, and he has been inspiring fervor among the Democratic base at recent rallies and town-hall-style meetings, including on Wednesday in the first presidential primary state, New Hampshire. In Davenport, Democratic activist Sara Riley said that she likes both O’Malley and Sanders — but doesn’t see a scenario in which Sanders actually wins the nomination. “I would say O’Malley is the alternative to Hillary,” said Riley, a lawyer from Cedar Rapids who had heard O’Malley talk on two previous occasions. “I love Sanders on the issues, but with the exception of some hard-core people who’ll support him no matter what, I think most people want someone who’d be a stronger general election candidate.” Tom Henderson, chairman of the Polk County Democrats, said he came away impressed with O’Malley’s passion during his appearance in Des Moines on Saturday and noted that there is a lot of overlap in the messages of O’Malley and Sanders, including their opposition to the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. “I think the more people see O’Malley, the more they’ll like him,” Henderson said. “He’s still an emerging candidate, while Sanders is better known as a firebrand.” Both Sanders and O’Malley have made attempts in recent weeks to woo the followers of Sen.

Sanders’s policy prescriptions — including far higher taxes on the wealthy and deep military spending cuts — may eventually persuade Democrats that he is unelectable in a general election. Among those unlikely to switch allegiances from Sanders is Bob Handle, who sat in O’Malley’s audience in Davenport wearing a “Bernie for President” T-shirt. “We need a political revolution, like Bernie says,” said Handle, who described himself as a semi-retired real estate agent who likes Sanders’s commitment to helping the middle class and the poor.

Clinton’s presidential campaign were emphasizing that they expected the caucuses to be competitive. “We’ve said from day one that we take nothing for granted, and two, we’re humble, which is a direction from Hillary herself,” said Matt Paul, Mrs. Clinton’s large Iowa staff, which arranged her earlier visits to the state, when she met with small groups on a “listening tour” in carefully controlled settings, has taken the posture of not overreacting to Mr. Clinton wins the caucuses but not by a significant margin, she will risk being embarrassed, and the runner-up will look like a serious challenger to what once appeared to be Mrs. Sanders were a sign of many voters’ desire to hear and meet Democratic candidates in free-flowing town-hall-style gatherings, with policy issues discussed in detail, which Mrs. Along with a picture of the scene he posted on Twitter, Steffen Schmidt, a political science professor at Iowa State University who teaches a course on the caucuses, wrote, “Hillary should worry.” But one reason the Clinton campaign may not be visibly breaking a sweat is that it is far ahead in building a network of organizers in Iowa, who are key to turning out voters in a caucus state.

The campaign has 30 paid organizers around the state who are contacting Democrats at every level, from likely caucus attendees to local and statewide elected officials. Sanders has just two paid staff members so far in the state. “One of the problems we’re having is things are moving so fast our infrastructure hasn’t kept up with our political reality,” Mr.

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