As promised, 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump made quite the impression on dozens on youngsters at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Saturday, when he gave them free rides in his million-dollar Sikorsky helicopter.
Trump likened her situation to that of General David Petraeus, who resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after his affair with his biographer was uncovered, and later accused to have shared classified materials with her. The controversy surrounding Clinton’s email use intensified this month as reports revealed the FBI was investigating the security of her private server.
“The facts are the same as they have been from the very beginning”, she said. “Nice to be here”, Clinton asserted as she started an hour-long stroll through the fairgrounds at the side of former Iowa Democratic Sen. “So I’m going to let whatever this inquiry is go forward and will await the outcome of it”, Clinton said.
“I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness”, he said, sparking thunderous applause from the Republican crowd at the debate. “But I think there is more commitment there to something“. It followed disruptions of the senator’s appearances in Phoenix and Portland, Oregon, by Black Lives Matter protesters who say his message to cure economic inequality fails to address institutional racism.
Harkin said Clinton is “doing everything right” by being “personally involved” and focusing on issues that are “reaching the people“.
The front-runners weren’t the only ones seeking Iowans’ support.
Trump plans to force Mexico to pay for his border wall by hiking fees on U.S. visas for Mexicans. Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, another Democrat, told voters from the soapbox that the main justification for the Iraq War was “all a hoax”.
“(As) the governor of Iowa, I think it can’t get any better than this”, Branstad says. Rick Santorum, who narrowly won the Iowa caucuses in 2012, donned a red embroidered apron to flip pork burgers over sizzling grills.
For Sanders, it will be a chance to connect with African-American voters, a demographic he has struggled with.
There are a few golden rules when it comes to campaigning in Iowa: never arrive by helicopter, leave your entourage at home and don’t skip the Des Moines Register soapbox, even if you have to fearless hecklers.
It was Donald Trump’s show, but several other presidential contenders played major supporting roles through a surreal opening weekend at the Iowa State Fair.
In the Agriculture Building, Clinton walked past plates of carrots, beets and large cabbages and peered at a pair of the fair’s famous butter statues – a cow and a tribute to the board game Monopoly.
Moments after she was whisked away, lemonade in hand, by the Secret Service, Trump touched down in in a nearby parking lot.