DES MOINES – Fresh off what many are calling the most successful week of Hillary Clinton’s campaign – which saw her face down Republicans at a Benghazi hearing, Vice President Joe Biden announcing he wouldn’t challenge her, and Lincoln Chafee quit – she brought out the big guns in Des Moines for a star-studded campaign rally in Des Moines featuring her husband Bill and pop-star Katy Perry.
Hillary Clinton’s event was held in downtown Des Moines, featuring former President Bill Clinton and a short performance by pop vocalist Katy Perry. The rally drew quite the crowd and was a kick off for the Democratic party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner held later that evening.
As a pro-Bernie Sanders airplane circling overhead with a banner that read “Revolution starts now – Feel the Bern”, the 42nd president layed down the fundamentals of his wife and former First Lady’s campaign. The President, in the middle of listing Hillary’s four key campaign platforms, was met with a colorful protester, who before being detained by police jumped on stage holding a banner depicted with hogs calling for the former secretary to “let the animals live.”
After praising the protester for not bad-mouthing anybody, Clinton went on to describe the vision his wife has for her hopeful presidency, including economic stabilization, more support for veterans, health care reform specifically for mental health and women’s issues. Clinton called upon Iowans to caucus for and help Hillary break the glass ceiling by showing up, getting engaged in the campaign and above all “build each other up.”
Grammy winner and Clinton supporter Katy Perry, who was adorned in a white mermaid dress with an American flag themed cape, took to the stage to perform her hits “Roar” followed by “Wide Awake”. In the midst of her performance she urged the crowd’s seventeen-year-olds to register to vote and quickly transitioned on to treat the crowd to her rendition of “America The Beautiful” and “Firework”.
Hillary came out to hug Perry, thank the crowd and her husband and vowed to “fight to the end of this campaign.” Recent polls put Clinton slightly ahead of fellow democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Sanders and candidate Martin O’ Malley were also in attendance at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner.
The rally marked 100 days before the Iowa Caucuses, to be held Febuary 1st.
So, Katy Perry helped Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill rev up a campaign rally in Des Moines Saturday. Here are some photos from the event from our reporter on the scene.
Posted by NorthIowaToday.com on Sunday, October 25, 2015