With the sun setting behind left field, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont stood on the pitcher’s mound at the Field of Dreams on Monday and drew a parallel to his campaign.
Everyone remembers the takeaway from the Kevin Costner movie, he said: If you build it, they will come. Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, then paraphrased a Nelson Mandela quote that he cited throughout his campaign events Monday: Everything is impossible until it happens.
“In making it happen, I’m not just talking about this campaign. I’m talking about transforming America,” Sanders said before listing his platforms: health care for all, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free tuition, canceling student loan debt and fighting climate change.
“If we have the courage to think big, if we have the courage to take on the greed of the powerful special interests who dominate our economic and political life … If we stand together for a common purpose, we can fulfill that dream,” Sanders, an independent who is seeking the Democratic nomination, said.
Sanders’ team of mostly Iowa campaign staffers ended up falling 14-8 to a team mostly made up of members of Cedar Rapids’ Leaders Believers Achievers Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building youth leadership through sports. Sanders knocked in the final run for his side with a base hit.
Sanders took the loss in stride, calling it a wonderful way to spend a beautiful evening.
The game capped a day of campaigning in Iowa for Sanders that included meeting with labor leaders holding a similarly themed town hall, a field office rally and a backyard ice cream social at one of the first homes to host him during his 2015 campaign.
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