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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ appearance at The Des Moines Register‘s political “soapbox” on Saturday at the Iowa State Fair brought out hundreds of people, who laughed when the populist liberal pointed to a helicopter flying overhead.
“There’s Donald Trump. What can we do?” Sanders quipped. “I apologize. We left the helicopter at home. It’s in the garage. We forgot to bring it.” This was a reference to the leading Republican presidential candidate having arrived at the fair in a helicopter, landing at athletic fields just over a mile away.
Supporters and media crews mobbed Sanders as he walked the fairgrounds, his blue button-down shirt drenched in sweat. At the Iowa Democratic Party booth, Curt Pocius asked Sanders to autograph a $1 dollar bill, telling the senator, “It’s all I’ve got.” Sanders laughed and obliged.
After a quick stop for a root beer, Sanders’ entourage was cheered by people drinking beers at The Depot. “Give ’em hell, Bernie,” yelled one man as Sanders walked by. “Thank you,” he replied.
Talking to reporters earlier, Trump slammed several other candidates, taking a shot at Jeb Bush over recent comments on Iraq about having “skin in the game.”
Trump says we’ve spent $2 trillion, lost thousands of lives, had wounded warriors … “and he said we have to prove we have skin in the game. I think it may be one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard.”
Trump said he would be releasing policy papers soon, starting with an immigration plan tomorrow on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal also stumped from the fair Saturday.
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