Iowa Democratic Party dinner: 5 takeaways-Politico

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — If Hillary Clinton is worried about liberal challenger Bernie Sanders, she didn’t let it show here on Friday night at the party’s first cattle call event, which saw Democrats’ quintet of presidential candidates finally descend on the same place at the same time.

As expected, at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Dinner all eyes were on Clinton and Sanders, who sat just feet away from each other. The cavernous ballroom of roughly 1,300 Iowan activists ate up the strain between the party’s leading candidates, while laying bare some of their most glaring weaknesses. The crowd was largely made up of party establishment figures sympathetic to Clinton, but it also comprised a healthy pro-Bernie faction, creating a night of tension for two candidates who insisted on talking past one another, neither fully acknowledging the former secretary of state’s status as a dominating front-runner who remains dogged by Sanders’ fiery, insurgent, and grumpy candidacy.

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