The Iowa Democratic Jefferson-Jackson dinner is a huge event for the party. In general election years, it provides a venue for presidential candidates to make a mark.
Here is tonight's event by the numbers:
Number of candidates who spoke: 3 Number of candidates with the letter D next to their names: 2
Number of candidates speaking in Iowa: 3 Number of candidates who spoke about issues in Iowa: 1
Number of candidates speaking in Iowa: 3 number Number of candidates who spoke about programs and initiatives in Iowa: 1
Number of candidates who spoke about what needs to be done: 3 Number of candidates who spoke about how to do these things: 1
Number of candidates who spoke: 3 Number of names that were chanted by supporters: 2 Hillary's supporters chanted "I'm with her!" and "Deal me in!" Everyone in the place knew the target of the reference word her
Number of candidates C-SPAN followed around the floor after the speeches: 1 I know I should have timed how long this went on, but forgive me and trust me. It is still going on as I post. She is walking among the people and taking pictures. Even asking people if they want a picture. Lots of support there! Go Iowa! We're with you!
I will say this: One candidate is a classic politician who could be an actor playing himself. One candidate is an angry young man who aged. One candidate has a finger on the pulse of the people to whom she speaks, knows what is wrong, and has plans to address the ills.
Just a personal note: When it ended with the families onstage and they played We Take Care of Our Own I welled up. Living in a dangerous country years ago, my experiences with the consulate gave me no confidence that I was or would be taken care of under a Republican administration. I had felt very protected when Carter was president, never so under Reagan. When revolution was in the air I left because I knew I would not be protected or taken care of. I pulled up all my roots and left. It was not my country. I came home - here - where my Dad's family has been since the 1600s. I can understand a little of what immigrants go through. My Mom's dad was an immigrant. He never spoke English very well, but he loved this country. Nobody but Democrats have any empathy with immigrants. Only Democrats give a Mississippi Goddamn - even about our own people overseas no matter how many impassioned speeches we hear from Republicans about Benghazi. We need to turn these attitudes around. Hillary knows.
"As a smart man once said, there’s nothing wrong with America that can’t be fixed by what is right with America." —Hillary #IDPJJ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 25, 2015
Hillary on the GOP debates: "It's reality TV—with a cast of characters who don't care much about actual reality." #IDPJJ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 25, 2015
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Candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley, spoke at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa. After the speeches the candidates' families gathered on the stage before they mingled with the crowd.