Post by Logan on Jan 24, 2016 20:01:21 GMT -6
MARION, Iowa (AP) -- To Bernie Sanders, President Barack Obama's improbable victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses was a testament to the power of an inspirational underdog. To Hillary Clinton, Obama's win over her eight years ago proved the importance of a robust and refined political apparatus.
The Democratic presidential candidates' theories are driven in part by necessity - Sanders' has undeniable energy heading into the final week of campaigning in Iowa, while Clinton has a massive field operation that's been on the ground for nearly a year. But they also reflect their competing visions of what Democratic voters are seeking in the 2016 election.
Sanders is running on a pledge of political revolution, one that builds on what he sees as the country's great moments of change: the rise of trade unions, the legalization of gay marriage, and yes, Obama's unexpected victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
"Eight years ago, all over this country people said an African-American becoming president of the United States, you're nuts, that can't happen, too much racism in America," Sanders said during a campaign stop Saturday. "And you think he's going to win in a very white state? Ain't going to happen. You made it happen. You made history."
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