Senator Bernie Sanders, found himself centre stage on Wednesday as he marched into the White House. His private 45-minute meeting with Barack Obama at the Oval Office came just days before the Iowa caucuses. The Vermont Senator, after the meeting told reporters he talked foreign policy, the economy and “a little bit of politics” during a “constructive” conversation with Obama, their first extended meeting since the Vermont senator became a serious contender for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders says he didn’t ask for the President’s endorsement
Speaking in the White House driveway, Sanders said he did not directly ask for Obama’s endorsement. According to the Guardian, the president recently praised Hillary Clinton’s pedigree as an experienced candidate in an interview while noting that Sanders had the “luxury of being a complete long shot” and was a “bright, shiny object” in need of some more scrutiny. The White House, says Sanders and Obama first discussed holding this meeting at a White House Christmas party in late December and aides have been working on scheduling it since. It was a private meeting, with no photos or statements or formal agenda.
Sanders, Clinton in close tie in recent poll
Ahead of the Iowa caucus in Feb 1, the two leading Democratic candidates, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are in a close tie in a recent Quinnipiac poll. The Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found Sanders, the Vermont Senator, leading Clinton, the former Secretary of State, 49%-45%, within the poll’s margin of error. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is in a distant third, with 4%. The Polls are indication of a close contest between Clinton and Sanders in the presidential race ahead of the Feb. 1 caucuses in Iowa, with some showing Clinton up and some showing Sanders ahead. Most polls show Sanders holding an edge in New Hampshire, but national surveys still give Hillary a strong lead. In the Quinnipiac poll, Sanders leads Clinton by a wide margin among younger voters 78% of likely Democratic caucus participants between the ages of 18 and 44 back Sanders, compared with 21% who support Clinton. Clinton is leading with female voters, 54% to Sanders’ 40%.