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Sanders rallies young crowd in Grinnell


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke for about 45 minutes then took questions from an audience in Grinnell yesterday -- photo by Adam Burke
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke for about 45 minutes, then took questions from an audience in Grinnell yesterday — photo by Adam Burke

Bernie Sanders delivered one of his final appeals to Iowa voters yesterday in a Grinnell College gymnasium filled with over 1,200 supporters.

Speaking just a couple hours before a town hall forum in Des Moines, he did not mention by name his Democratic caucus rivals Hillary Clinton or Martin O’Malley. Instead, he focused his speech on Republican policies that he says coddle rich families like the Waltons and other corporate-owning bloodlines.

“It is too late for establishment politics, too late for establishment economics… We must have the courage to stand up to a billionaire class whose greed has destroyed the lives of millions of people. That is the issue. That is what this campaign is about,” he said at the opening of his speech.

Sanders remembered the beginning of his campaign, which he said launched about nine months ago, but unofficially began when he visited Clinton County, Iowa City and spoke in Des Moines in May 2014. He would return for another three-day visit in September 2014 to Dubuque, Waterloo and Des Moines -- photo by Adam Burke
Sanders remembered the beginning of his campaign, which he said was started about nine months ago, but unofficially began when he visited Clinton County, Iowa City and spoke in Des Moines in May 2014. He would return for another three-day visit in September 2014 to Dubuque, Waterloo and Des Moines — photo by Adam Burke
Sanders said when his campaign officially started, “We had no political organization. We had no money and we had very little name recognition.” -- photo by Adam Burke
Sanders said when his campaign officially started, “We had no political organization. We had no money and we had very little name recognition.” — photo by Adam Burke
In his more than 50 days campaigning in Iowa from 2013-16 (second to Martin O’Malley’s sixty-plus), Sanders has seen his stock rise in Iowa, where he is in a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton, and in New Hampshire where polls show him with a double-digit lead. New Hampshire will hold its primary on Feb. 9 -- photo by Adam Burke
In his more than 50 days campaigning in Iowa from 2013-16 (second to Martin O’Malley’s sixty-plus), Sanders has seen his stock rise in Iowa, where he is in a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton, and in New Hampshire where polls show him with a double-digit lead. New Hampshire will hold its primary on Feb. 9 — photo by Adam Burke
Sanders read his speech from prepared notes, tailored for the young college students who comprised most of the audience. He talked about climate change, student debt and how he would pay for free higher education (with a tax on Wall Street speculators) and reduce the penalty for marijuana possession -- photo by Adam Burke
Sanders read his speech from prepared notes, tailored for the young college students who comprised most of the audience. He talked about climate change, student debt and how he would pay for free higher education (with a tax on Wall Street speculators) and reduce the penalty for marijuana possession — photo by Adam Burke
Bernie Sanders will appear in Des Moines today, Jan. 26, and Mason City tomorrow, Jan. 27 -- photo by Adam Burke
Bernie Sanders will appear in Des Moines today, Jan. 26, and Mason City tomorrow, Jan. 27 — photo by Adam Burke

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