Bernie Sanders Draws The Same Size Crowd As Hillary Clinton In Iowa

Bernie Sanders continue to pack the house wherever he campaigns as the Democratic presidential candidate recently drew the same size audience that Hillary Clinton did when both candidates were campaigning on the same evening in Iowa.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

More than 3,000 came to a Sanders speech in Minneapolis in May; 700 attended his speech at Drake University here Friday night, about the same number who went to a Hillary Clinton event on Sunday that featured a buffet table and a live band. More than 3,000 people have RSVP’d for a Sanders rally in Denver on Saturday, the campaign says.

This Bernie boomlet is forcing the campaign to improvise. Aides have set up loudspeakers for people left outside Sanders events, and scrambled to find larger venues to accommodate unexpected crowds who relish his attacks on what he calls the “cocky billionaire class.”

Since former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton just began holding rallies and events a few days ago, it is difficult to do apples to apples comparisons, but it is fair to say that both candidates drew large crowds to their early events. The Clinton campaign strategy has been to focus on smaller events and more direct voter contact, but the message to the media and the Republican Party is clear. Democratic enthusiasm is high for this campaign. Republicans can’t match the grassroots enthusiasm on the Democratic side.

Bernie Sanders has been popular for years. He doesn’t fit into to the media box of Democrat vs. Republican, so the larger press outlets mostly ignored him. The groundswell of popularity that is finally being noticed has always been there for the Senator from Vermont. A 2011 poll found that Sanders was the 3rd most popular senator in the country.

The emphasis on grassroots campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire helps Bernie Sanders. His campaign is a grassroots effort. Sen. Sanders isn’t going to win an ad war with the Clinton campaign, and if the early primaries were in states where big television ad buys can make a difference, it would be harder for Bernie Sanders to compete.

Bernie Sanders is running a very successful campaign. His constant pressure on Clinton was influential in moving her to the left on Obama’s trade agenda. Bernie Sanders is shaping the 2016 Democratic platform and influencing policy. Sanders has given the liberal segment of the Democratic Party a voice in the discussion. The crowds he is drawing represent the collective demand of millions for their voices to be heard.

Bernie Sanders is building a movement for 2016 and beyond, and that movement is gaining more steam by the day.

40 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Draws The Same Size Crowd As Hillary Clinton In Iowa”

  1. Now if we could get that grassroots enthusiasm to carry on to voting days.

    I’m sure some Republican will spin this into a negative.

  2. Issue by issue almost 75% of Americans support his Progressive agenda.

    Unlike Hillary, he is not a pure politician.

    He is the real thing.

    Go Bernie!

  3. Wake up AMERICA and join the revolt against the status quo! Vote Bernie Sanders 2016 #FEELTHEBERN #BERNIEORBUST [WINK]

  4. Senator Sanders speaks the truth about the Republican agenda. People are glad to hear someone speaking out against the Koch and Fox “News” agenda against this once great nation. Republicans thought he wasn’t going to get a foothold and the media would ignore him. Well, the people are forcing the MSM to take notice and the Republicans are getting worried that maybe the Fox “News” bubble might break and the Fox zombies will wake up.

  5. Could this be Bernie’s version of Bush’s (actually Bush’s brain, Karl Rove) 2000 strategy of “who would you rather have a beer with”?

    Kind of Bernie’s “I’d like to talk with you” style vs Clinton’s “I’d like to talk to you” style.

  6. And those 75% of Americans most likely don’t have a clue how our government works.

    I’ll continue to say and claim with sincerity, that should Bernie Sanders finds his way into the White House, he’ll be a one-term lame-duck president.

    He hasn’t won any friends in the Senate, and too little in the House to be effective.

    How in the heck does anyone believe that he’ll be able to get anything done for the country without Congress on his side? Well, maybe those who still live under the false and wrongheaded impression that the president makes policy in this country, but people who actually know how our government works, know that nothing Bernie Sanders wants for this country will materialize. President Obama learned that painful lesson early on and he had to tack to the center because of it.

    Once again, Congress, not the the White House, is the true government of, by, and for the People. Bernie Sanders knows this. He’s just hoping the rest of you don’t.

    My vote remains Hillary.

  7. Vote for Bernie – if you want to feel really, really good.
    Vote for Hillary – if you want the Democrats to win.

  8. @ John

    It ain’t. But how do you propose a President Sanders can push policies in order to try and take money out of politics?

    That’s right. He can’t. For all his talk, he darn well knows that he can’t. Not without Congress. And how would he be able to convince Congress to make policy in order to get money out of politics with no friends in the Senate and too little to be effective in the U.S. House?

    Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has plenty of friends in Congress. Remember, also, that President Obama took millions of dollars from wealthy donors, but did he lead the country in favor of them to the detriment of the rest of us? No. Neither will Hillary Clinton. She’s still the most viable Dem nominee for president and she’s got the connections in our entrenched Congress to push this country forward. Senator Sanders has great ideas, but that’s what they remain – ideas with no chance of fruition unless we radically change Congress. And that ain’t gonna happen.

  9. Bingo.

    Not to mention, vote for Hillary if you want to move this country forward and expand on President Obama’s policies.

  10. What makes you think it will be any different than Hillary? She’ll have the same obstruction that President Obama has had if not more so. If Bernie wins with a strictly grassroots campaign his coattails will bring him a Congress that will pass his agenda. Also unlike both Obama and Clinton, Bernie will rhetorically beat down the republicans into submission.

  11. @ John

    Because she’s already established a coalition within Congress with her husband when he was president.

    President Obama had/has LONG coattails, and yet even with those he couldn’t get a stronger Democratic Congress because the Dems in Congress already disliked him for winning over HRC. They don’t like Bernie, either.

    Pres. Obama was pretty much in the same position as Senator Sanders is today, and I’m certain PBO’s “coattails” are far longer than Senator Sanders’ will ever be. Yet, the only change in Congress under PBO was more power to Republicans. Were it not for President Obama’s brilliant strategies, he’d be a lame-duck president today. Senator Sanders, for all his wonderful talk, doesn’t come across as a strategist of the same caliber as President Obama.

    No. I remain with Hillary Clinton. I’ve seen and heard Senator Sanders, and I no longer support him for pres. He won’t be able to push this country forward and I won’t waste my vote just to feel good.

  12. Nope. Huge grins all the time for my girl who is kicking ass all over the country.

    Latest poll today nationally still ahead of everybody with 57% of the dem vote.

    Who gives a crap about minutae? Not me.

    She had 500 media people in the media pen at her Kick off. They run after the scooby van. She is the Rock Star.

    She has 104 delegates already and did before she announced. He still has zero.

    I find his supporters very amusing in a sad way.

  13. @ICH:

    Aside from all her baggage i.e. Bill Clinton Hillary is as much of a war hawk as any of the republicans. The republicans hate her as much, if not more than they hate Obama. This election can be about revolution or status quo. Hillary represents the status quo and is incapable of enacting the change our nation needs. I stand by my statement that the republican obstruction of Hillary will be as bad if not worse for her than it is for Obama.

  14. Oh and while I am dropping in…

    The TPP coverage here continues to be without a clue. They said Hillary agreed with Bernie and he bent her left.

    Not close to what she said. She said some people (Bernie etal) were against it no matter what and some (republicans) were for it no matter what.

    Her opinions on it were nuanced because she actually negotiates with foreign governments and writes trade bills so knows what is potentially wrong with it and what is right about it. She hasn’t seen it in years. She wants Obama to negotiate a better deal if there are currenly weak spots – as per Pelosi, etc who want a good deal not a crappy deal.

    But knee jerk arm waving is better?

    Not my girl. She is above all that crap.

  15. @ John,

    Senator Obama wasn’t a war-hawk either…and then he won the White House and reality hit him that there’s no way the United States can remain out of conflict. Sometimes, the U.S. must intervene militarily. It’s what President Clinton did, too. The policies of war-mongering Republican presidents of the past continue to come home to roost, and that’s what we’re seeing all across the globe today. I’m sorry if that reality is ugly for you, but it’s the reality nevertheless.

    A President Sanders would do the same as President Obama and President H.Clinton because it’s his fiduciary responsibility to protect this country and this country’s citizens and interests abroad (and I’m thinking wars in a positive vein here, not those Republican wars for profit). He IS the Commander in Chief.

    You believe it’s impossible for Hillary to enact the change necessary, but you completely overlook the fact that she would be in a FAR better position to do so than Senator Sanders eve…

  16. Who cares? Ron Paul used to get big crowds, too. Hillary Clinton’s lead has grown in the new national PPP poll, and Bernie Sanders’ support has slipped:

    “Bernie Sanders may be gaining momentum in recent New Hampshire polling but Hillary Clinton is more dominant than ever in the national polling. She’s at 65% to 9% for Bernie Sanders, 5% for Martin O’Malley, and 4% each for Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb.”

    Bernie Sanders is going to get creamed by Hillary Clinton in the primary.

    New Hampshire and Vermont are neighbors, and both states are overwhelmingly white, so it’s not surprising that Bernie Sanders might do well in New Hampshire. And, FYI: Bernie Sanders has been drawing overwhelmingly white crowds, which is one of the reasons he won’t win the nomination.

    P.S., Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to win New Hampshire. The last 3 presidents lost New Hampshire.

  17. Hmm.. On African-American support for Democrats

    Well, here’s what you got. What you got is an African-American president, and the African-American community is very, very proud that this country has overcome racism and voted for him for president. And that’s kind of natural. You’ve got a situation where the Republican Party has been strongly anti-immigration, and you’ve got a Hispanic community which is looking to the Democrats for help.

    But that’s not important. You should not be basing your politics based on your color. What you should be basing your politics on is, how is your family doing? …In the last election, in state after state, you had an abysmally low vote for the Democrats among white, working-class people. And I think the reason for that is that the Democrats have not made it clear that they are prepared to stand with the working-class people of this country, take on the big money interests. I think the key issue that we have to focus on, and I know people are uncomfortable about talking about it, is the role of the billionaire class in American society.

  18. Concise..!!…Succinct..!!..and To The Point ME.!! …This is America so everyone is Blessed to have Their Beliefs….Just so happens My Belief…Faith…Trust..Passion…As A Black Man and Democrat is For Ms. Hillary Clinton…!!!…God’s Blessings/Willing…Our First Madame President…!!!!!!!

  19. I cannot give Hillary my vote, no matter how much I like everything else about her ideas, as long as she is in bed with Monsanto. Monsanto is poisoning the world and doing everything in their power to continue to do so and actually increase the poison dose, dooming humanity as we know it. Even the current president and his family support the Monsatan company, even though they eat organic food!! How hipocrital can people be? If you support them, why not eat the food they produce?? No one seems to be able to answer that question…..

  20. In Canada there was a politician named Tommy Douglas. While he never became Prime Minister he was seen as the conscience of government. He was a little man with big ideas. Ideas like universal health care and social justice. The right did all in their power to slander him, continually calling him a communist etc. The government of the day even had the RCMP keep a file on him. Eventually his ideas came through and Canada is a better place for it. Like he pointed out in his famous parable “Mousland” you can lock up a man, but you can’t lock up an idea.

    In a recent poll Tommy Douglas was voted by the citizens of Canada as their Greatest Canadian.

    I see Bernie Sanders as America’s answer to Tommy Douglas.

  21. Bernie does have friends in congress and the senate, and he is well respected. How do we know that Bernie will not be able to accomplish more? The republicans will not have full control of congress and the senate forever. I am with Bernie, not with the elitist, war mongering, greedy, dishonest witch.

  22. Actually Bernie outdrew Hillary…I attended both events. The venue at Drake seats 770 and it it was standing room only…The Des Moine Register reported over 700 and everyone has followed the 700 number. It was easily 800.

    Hillary’s campaign estimated her crowd at at 650.

    Bernie’s first Iowa rally after his announcement was bigger than Hillary’s too… In Davenport the venue ran out of chairs. they had 750 chairs…again at least 50 were standing.

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