DES MOINES, IA – Every four years, presidential candidates flock to the Iowa State Fair to connect with voters, pose for photo ops, and to sample some of the many varieties of (generally unhealthy) food that the fair offers, and this year is no exception.
While Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was explaining his proposal to eliminate student debt and provide free tuition by imposing a 0.5% tax on Wall Street transactions, Kamala Harris was sampling a pork chop at the Iowa Pork Producers Association tent. “Oh my god, it’s so good,” remarked the California Senator, adding “and it’s moist!”
A few moments later, as Bernie Sanders was telling a group of voters that his Medicare for All plan would cover all Americans and provide medical care free at the point of service while reducing the overall medical expenditures of most families, Senator Amy Klobuchar was sampling fried cheese curds, exclaiming “these are delicious! This will be a new staple at my Thanksgiving table.”
While Andrew Yang enjoyed a perfectly roasted turkey leg, and John Delaney finished a corn dog, Bernie Sanders was seen highlighting his plan to revitalize rural America by offering protections for family farms, enact supply management programs, ensure that farmers have the right to repair their own equipment, and protect small farms from corporate agribusiness.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, predictably, visited an ice cream stand while Sanders explained to a gathering of fairgoers that the three wealthiest people in America own more wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans, highlighting that nearly 1 in 5 households has a zero or negative net worth, and that over the last 40 years the average American family has seen their income stagnate while the top 1% of income earners has seen their income grow exponentially.
As Cory Booker finished a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich and Elizabeth Warren bit into a piping hot corndog, Sanders was heard outlining an environmental policy that would boost the economies of midwestern states by creating millions of jobs transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels toward green energy solutions and highlighting details of a plan to repair and revitalize our nation’s crumbling and outdated infrastructure.
After finishing their snacks, Biden suggested everyone take a ride on the Ferris Wheel while he stayed back to enjoy another scoop of ice cream. “What can I say,” said Biden. “I love ice cream!”