The past few weeks, Iowa and the Iowa State Fair have been the ‘stomping ground’ for candidates, Democrats and Republican, with Donald Trump the headlining newsmaker of the pack. Trump’s controversial antics and hurtful words are igniting right wing dissatisfied voters like a California wildfire in mid-summer. Mainstream media sources took to the airwaves Sunday morning, Aug. 30, ABC News’ This Week among them with Martha Raddatz interviewing Democratic senator and presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. According to Raddatz, Sanders has caused a “shake-up in the 2016 race.” Raddatz cited a “brand new poll coming in overnight from the critical state of Iowa showing Senator Bernie Sanders closing in on Hillary Clinton.” That poll showed Hillary Clinton with 37 percent, Bernie Sanders with 30 percent, and Joe Biden — who has not, yet, officially declared a bid for a spot in the running — with 14 percent of Iowa Democrats vote. It was Hillary’s first time to drop below 50 percent in the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Poll this year, according to Raddatz.
In the national Democratic Primary Race polls, however, Hillary stands at 45 percent, Sanders at 22 percent, and Biden at 18 percent. Mainstream media trotted out the old e-mail “scandal” as explanation for why the gap between Clinton and Sanders is closing. Raddatz asked Sen. Bernie Sanders, her guest, if Hillary’s campaign was in trouble. Sen. Sanders’ response was, “I don’t know if her campaign is in trouble. But, our campaign is doing great,” nearly stalling the Raddatz right-leaning interview at its beginnings. Sanders went on to say, “I think people are responding to our message that something is wrong when the middle class in this country continues to disappear. People are working longer hours for wages. And, almost all of the new wealth and income is going to the top one percent. That is not the type of country, not the type of economy, that the American people want or deserve. And, I think they’re prepared to support somebody who’s going to take on the billionaire class and make an economy work for ordinary people — not just the people on top.”
Raddatz’s numerous attempts to coax or coerce Sen. Sanders into bashing his opponent seemed to, repeatedly, fall flat. Sanders commented that, “the vast majority of people who are voting for me in that Iowa poll … are not necessarily anti-Hillary Clinton, they’re pro-Bernie Sanders,” in answer to Raddatz inquiring why Clinton might be losing votes which did not appear to be going to Sanders. She next turned her attention to Sen. Sanders’ proposed foreign policy plan “missing from his website.” Sanders replied, “You’re right. Foreign policy is a huge issue … as a Congressman, I voted against the war in Iraq — which I think will go down in history as one of the worst foreign policy blunders that we have ever seen, leading to the enormously destabilization of that region, right now. But, the issue of foreign policy — how we bring the world together, our allies together, not do it alone, to take on ISIS, to deal with the other threats and problems around the world — is a huge issue, and I promise you we’ll address it.”
Raddatz asked Sen. Sanders if he would explain what his “criteria is for the use of force.” Sanders candidly said, “I think historically, in too many instances, the United States has gone to war, often unilaterally, when we should not have. I think my vote against the first war in the Gulf Region was the right vote. I think we could have gotten Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in a way that did not require a war.” [Raddatz interrupted one of her many times, here, causing Sanders to have to abruptly re-group and continue, becoming visibly more impassioned about his topic] The point was you had the whole world united against him, Martha. Do we need to go to war in every instance, or can we bring pressure of sanctions and international pressure to resolve these conflicts. Look, I am supporting President Obama’s effort to make certain that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. But, I get very nervous about my Republican friends who keep implying that the only way we can do that is through another war. War is the last resort; not the first resort. So … yeah, there are times when you have to use force, no question about it. But that should be the last resort.”
Poll numbers on the Republican race show Donald Trump still in the lead with 23 percent, followed by Dr. Ben Carson with 18 percent. Texas senator Ted Cruz and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker are third and fourth, respectively, both with eight percent of the Iowa Republican vote.
Raddatz also interviewed Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal — one of the 17 Republican candidates for 2016 — who is currently placing near the end of the queue in percentage points. Jindal took advantage of the 10th anniversary of Katrina celebrations and recovery to attempt to boost his campaign. He also predicted that Donald Trump’s lead and support would fade after “the summer of silliness and insults” and that Trump had “tapped into ‘anger’ and ‘frustration’ to draw his large crowds,” according to Raddatz.