Two days until the voters of Iowa go to the polls have the candidates in a heightened state of the frenzy that has plagued them over the past two to three weeks. Campaigns that have simmered throughout the late summer and fall, threaten to erupt as the Iowa caucuses come into clearer focus. The animosity, the rhetoric, the news making headlines throughout mainstream media on Saturday, Jan. 30 provided “dramatic storylines in these final hours,” according to Good Morning America’s Dan Harris. Most of the candidates hit the “stump overnight,” campaigning for votes in Iowa over the final weekend before voting begins on Monday.
Mainstream media anchors reported “most of the candidates [are] out on the stump, including Hillary Clinton and her most prominent ally … her husband.” Causing those anchors to posit, “Can Hillary eek out a victory against a surging Bernie Sanders? And, on the Republican side, can an embattled Ted Cruz who was also on the trail overnight pull out a win over Donald Trump, and if Cruz doesn’t win, is he done? And, then there’s the question of Marco Rubio. Is he surging at exactly the right time?” To the bewilderment of many of her followers, the old email controversy was also resurfaced by mainstream media overnight, causing many of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters and Obama cabinet member, Chuck Todd, to question timing and the appropriateness of the release of updates on its progress just days before the Iowa caucus, according to Mediaite.
The final week before the Iowa caucuses began, the three Democratic candidates held a town hall meeting at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted by CNN and moderated by Chris Cuomo, Monday evening, Jan. 25. Bernie Sanders said, “I think we are touching a nerve with the American people who understand that establishment politics is just not good enough. We need bold changes; we need a political revolution.” Throughout the town hall meeting Monday evening the Democratic candidates brought evidence by means of laying the most important issues to Americans across the nation on the table for discussion with the people of Iowa.
Continuing President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign theme of “Change,” former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley demonstrated they were “in touch” with the American voters who were still on board for the changes first proposed in 2008. Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has put forth a significant number of those changes, some of which all three candidates have endorsed, pledged to advance, and make inroads in effectively addressing and solving major issues confronting the nation that the candidates promise will surpass the achievements of the current administration. Neither candidate was shy about speaking candidly on the details of their platforms during the evening.
They each agree with the American public that the system is rigged against the 99 percent. Senator Sanders and Governor O’Malley showed they have the heart and desire to rejuvenate the middle class and rebuild the country’s infrastructure, among other pressing issues of vital importance to American voters. However, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pitted her desire, knowledge and experience against their ideals, winning the debate for many potential voters. The New York Times’ Jan. 30 headline declared, “Voters have the chance to choose one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history” with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee.
Republicans, also held a debate during the past week, hosted by Fox News. Megyn Kelly being one of the moderators of that debate on Thursday, Jan. 28, caused Republican forerunner, Donald Trump to opt out of that debate. Twitter was abuzz with tweets declaring the debate was much improved without Trump’s trademark put downs. Bill Maher satirically complimented Trump on his ‘genius’ for skipping out on his final opportunity to debate his Republican rivals before the Iowa caucus. With Trump out the picture on Thursday night’s debate, The Des Moines Register declared it a “rough night for Cruz,” points out Politico on Saturday. The Register endorsed Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton the previous week.