Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb addressed more than 1,200 Iowa Democrats.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—All five 2016 presidential candidates on the Democratic ticket spoke from the same stage Friday evening in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb addressed more than 1,200 Iowa Democrats during a dinner celebration honoring hall of fame inductees into the Iowa Democratic Party.
The candidates spelled out their political philosophy for the future of the United States.
Below is a summary of each candidate’s address, including the major themes they shared with voters.
Lincoln Chafee The former governor of Rhode Island, Chafee, made foreign policy the central issue of his talk with a particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa. “We have a choice in 2016,” Chafee stated, “prosperity through peace or endless war.” Chafee commended President Obama’s deal with Iran. “This week, we had the great news of a breakthrough with Iran. What a change.” Avoiding war “is the right way to make the world safer,” said Chafee, a former Republican who became a Democrat after losing his seat in the U.S. Senate. Chafee also supports policies to protect the environment and quality health care “for all,” to name a couple.
Hillary Clinton The former secretary of state, who called herself “just a grandmother,” honed her message focusing on family and economic issues. Clinton said, “You should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. And we [Democrats] believe that the measure of our success should be how much incomes rise for hardworking families, not just for CEOs and money-managers.” On paid work leave, earned sick days, child care and minimum wage Clinton said, “These are not women’s issues. They’re family issues and they are economic issues.” She said ensuring that women with children can work if they wish to is a “growth strategy.” Clinton will fight for equal pay for women as well as marriage equality.