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Sanders hits ‘billionaire class’ in Iowa

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took his populist pitch to Iowa on Saturday, attacking the “billionaire class” in front of a full recreation center in Iowa City. 

The unabashedly liberal presidential hopeful spoke in front of a full crowd of 200 people, with 100 more outside the room, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported

Sanders exhorted the crowd to say: “This country and our government belong to all of us. Enough is enough. The billionaire class can’t have it all.” 

{mosads}“And when we do that, we win,” he said. 

Sanders’s appearance comes on same day former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced his candidacy. O’Malley made his opening speech in his home city of Baltimore before also heading to Iowa. 

Hitting a wide range of liberal themes, Sanders called for campaign finance reform and attacked Republicans for rejecting the need to act on climate change, the Press-Citizen reported. 

“You cannot reject science. You cannot be serving the public if you reject what real scientists are talking about,” Sanders said. 

In some of his more liberal stances, he called for single-payer, government-run health insurance and breaking up the big banks. 

O’Malley also struck an anti-Wall Street tone in his speech, and has called for breaking up banks that are too big to fail. 

Sanders said he welcomes debate and disagreement. 

“We’re here take part of something extremely radical: practice democracy,” Sanders said. “I want people to debate, talk and understand the big issues. We can disagree with each other, but that’s democracy.”

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