Photos: Candidates descend on Des Moines

Western Courier Decision 2016 coverage

DES MOINES, Iowa – The three Democratic candidates vying for the White House assembled in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday. Each candidate held rallies ahead of the highly anticipated Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

The biggest of the events was Hillary Clinton’s rally which featured 42nd President of the United States and husband to Hillary, Bill Clinton. In addition, pop-music star Katy Perry performed for the 1,000 in attendance.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks during a rally for Hillary Clinton.
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks during a rally for Hillary Clinton.
Pop-music star Katy Perry performs songs including 'Firework' and 'Roar.' Perry also sang 'America the Beautiful' before Hillary Clinton walked on stage.
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Pop-music star Katy Perry performs songs including ‘Firework,’ ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Roar.’ Perry also sang ‘America the Beautiful’ before Hillary Clinton walked on stage.
Children sit on their parents' arms to get a view of Katy Perry performing during a Hillary Clinton Jefferson-Jackson Dinner rally.
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Children sit on their parents’ shoulders to get a view of Katy Perry performing during a Hillary Clinton Jefferson-Jackson Dinner rally.


Red, white and blue confetti launches at the end of Katy Perry's performance.
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Red, white and blue confetti launches at the end of Katy Perry’s performance. The rally was held outside of the Hy-Vee Hall where the Jefferson-Jackson will be held later in the evening.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to a crowd of 1,000 before leading them on a march to the Hy-Vee Hall for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
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Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to a crowd of 1,000 before leading them on a march to the Hy-Vee Hall for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
Hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters march to Hy-Vee Hall following the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner rally.
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Hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters march to Hy-Vee Hall following the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner rally.


The three Democrat candidates, Bernie Sanders (left), Hillary Clinton (center) and Martin O'Malley (right), take the stage before the start of the keynote speeches.
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The three Democrat candidates, Bernie Sanders (left), Hillary Clinton (center) and Martin O’Malley (right), take the stage before the start of the keynote speeches.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Saturday. “You fight for a massive federal jobs program to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and put millions of our people back to work,” Sanders said. “You fight for an economy that works for all Americans and not just the wealthiest people in this country.”
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Saturday.
“You fight for a massive federal jobs program to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and put millions of our people back to work,” Sanders said. “You fight for an economy that works for all Americans and not just the wealthiest people in this country.”
“While many in the Republican Party continue to deny the reality of climate change, you have demanded that we lead the international community in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy," Sen. Bernie Sanders said. "And you understand the moral imperative that we leave this country in a way that is healthy for our children and grandchildren."
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“While many in the Republican Party continue to deny the reality of climate change, you have demanded that we lead the international community in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said. “And you understand the moral imperative that we leave this country in a way that is healthy for our children and grandchildren.”
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks second during the keynote portion of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  “While all of the candidates here tonight share progressive values, not all of us have a record of actually getting things done. I do,” O’Malley said. “With 15 years of executive experience, as mayor and as a governor, I have learned how to be a very effective leader. I have learned how to get things done. I am clear about my principles. Passing a living wage and raising the minimum wage. Freezing college tuition for four years in a row: Actions, not words.”
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks second during the keynote portion of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
 “While all of the candidates here tonight share progressive values, not all of us have a record of actually getting things done. I do,” O’Malley said. “With 15 years of executive experience, as mayor and as a governor, I have learned how to be a very effective leader. I have learned how to get things done. I am clear about my principles. Passing a living wage and raising the minimum wage. Freezing college tuition for four years in a row: Actions, not words.”
“All of us here tonight agree that we cannot allow Donald Trump or any of the Trump-wannabes in this year’s Republican field to take over the White House,” O’Malley said. “To that immigrant bashing, carnival barker, Donald Trump, let us stand up together, and say, the enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wire fence, it is the Statue of Liberty.”
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“All of us here tonight agree that we cannot allow Donald Trump or any of the Trump-wannabes in this year’s Republican field to take over the White House,” Martin O’Malley said.
“To that immigrant bashing, carnival barker, Donald Trump, let us stand up together, and say, the enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wire fence, it is the Statue of Liberty.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks last at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  “Of course, none of them are serious about climate change,” Clinton said. “I love it when they’re asked about it, you know what their answer is: ‘I’m not a scientist.’ Well, why don’t they start listening to those who are scientists and understand what we’re up against in the world.”
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks last at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
 “Of course, none of them are serious about climate change,” Clinton said. “I love it when they’re asked about it, you know what their answer is: ‘I’m not a scientist.’ Well, why don’t they start listening to those who are scientists and understand what we’re up against in the world.”
“I’m fighting for everyone who’s ever been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out,” Clinton said. “Together, we’re going to build an America where there are no ceilings for anyone, where no one gets left behind or left out, where a father can tell his daughter, ‘You can be anything you want to be, including president of the United States of America.’”
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“I’m fighting for everyone who’s ever been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out,” Hillary Clinton said. “Together, we’re going to build an America where there are no ceilings for anyone, where no one gets left behind or left out, where a father can tell his daughter, ‘You can be anything you want to be, including president of the United States of America.’”