A Bernie Sanders New Year

A Bernie Sanders New Year

By: Madeline Rathle

New Year’s Eve was our first full day in Iowa, and we were able to attend a Bernie Sanders rally and New Year’s Eve party. I decided this was a great opportunity to document my Iowan New Year for my friends and family back home.

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Our day began at Northstar Elementary in Knoxville, Iowa, where a crowd of people were thrilled to hear Senator Sanders speak.

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Sanders began the rally by speaking to the audience. Then, he transitioned to answering questions.

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I noticed a great number of young people at the rally, which was encouraging at a time when Millennials are being so heavily scrutinized for lack of political participation.

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Various media outlets made sure to capture Sanders interacting with his supporters.

That night, Sanders threw a New Year’s Eve party in Downtown Des Moines. Food, drink and music ensured everyone in attendance had a good time mingling and showing their willingness to support the Sanders campaign.

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The hotel did a fantastic job making sure there was enough space for everyone, and the event seemed to go very smoothly.

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Sanders made a brief speech before encouraging everyone to enjoy the New Year’s bash.

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There were people of all ages in attendance, from the old to the extremely young. Many young people were very excited to be there with their families.

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Of course the Sanders campaign volunteers were out in full force asking people to sign up to help or simply to caucus.There were more free handouts as well.

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Although the event ended at 9 p.m. it was clear that everyone was in the New Year’s spirit.

Even though this was not my typical New Year’s experience, I enjoyed being able to learn more about Bernie Sanders and spending time with my fellow LSU students on the trip.