Bernie Sanders in Iowa: I can beat Donald Trump – live updates – The Guardian
Hello and welcome to the premiere installment of the Guardian’s 2016 elections blog-explosion, where for the next 293 days, starting today, we will bring you rolling live-wire coverage of the presidential campaign, minute-by-minute.
It’s fear and laughing on the campaign trail, all day, every day, with our team of reporters out following the clown car so you don’t have to. Curtain!
Perhaps the most tantalizing political “news” going this morning is that Donald Trump has promised that “a very special guest” will join him at an Iowa rally later today, and people have fantasized that it might be Sarah Palin, although it might possibly only be Jerry Falwell Jr, the Christian school president who recently called on students to “end those Muslims” with personal guns.
But how great would Palin be, huh! Like a bandoliered Angel Gabriel. In any case, Trump is starting his day with an appearance in Iowa alongside John Wayne’s daughter, so voters will not be deprived of a generous dose of heroic western legendary hoo-ha.
Here’s how some of the team is deployed today:
Ben Jacobs in Iowa with Trump
Ben will be following Donald Trump on the trail today, which includes a special event at John Wayne’s birthplace in Winterset, Iowa. Trump will also be stopping at a summit held by the ethanol lobby, which has been losing influence in Iowa this cycle. With three different events, this will be one of the busier days of the campaign for Trump. Until recently, the real estate mogul would only hold one event a day.
The first Trump event will represent a particular challenge because it is outdoors – although Iowa is starting to enjoy a comparative heat wave after days of subzero temperatures so it is expected to be a balmy 19F on Tuesday morning. [#factcheck: It’s actually nine (9). –ed.]
Lucia Graves in Iowa … also with Trump
Lucia will be on the Trump trail as well, beginning with that event at John Wayne’s birthplace. Lucia says that the focus for her will be more on the folks in attendance then on Trump himself.
Then, once she’s thawed, Lucia will hit the evening rally at Iowa State University, where Trump has been teasing on Facebook that he’ll make “a major announcement” with that “very special guest” I mentioned earlier.
Adam Gabbatt in Iowa with Sanders
Adam will be following Bernie Sanders around today as he treks across the west of the Iowa. One event, at a winery in Carroll, looks particularly exciting, Adam writes: “Hopefully there will be free wine.”
Yesterday Adam went to a barbershop with Rand Paul, where he [Paul] did not have a haircut but did eat some brisket.
Let’s catch up with more of what Adam’s been doing. On Sunday, Adam writes, he “was lucky enough to run into 2012’s Rick Santorum. I got even luckier when he let me have my picture taken with him. Today will have to be pretty special to top that, I think we can all agree.”
Sabrina Siddiqui heading back from Iowa
Sabrina returns today from her trip to Iowa, where Marco Rubio wrapped up a two-day swing through the state over the long weekend. Rubio made three stops on Saturday and five stops on Monday, in front of crowds ranging from 200 to 600.
Most of the Florida senator’s events were town hall-style forums, where he fielded questions on a wide range of issues, including Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, entitlement reform and police brutality. Although Rubio is trailing Trump and Texas senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa polls, many voters said they were still shopping around even with just two weeks remaining until the caucuses.
In other news…
“Hello. I’m Ivanka Trump”
First Bowie, then Rickman and now…
Write a Reply or Comment: Cancel reply
If your order is $35 or more, you may qualify for free shipping. With free shipping, your order will be delivered 5-8 business days.