LAS VEGAS – Nevada has a message for Iowa and New Hampshire: We don’t consider how you think the Democratic field has narrowed. We will do our own thing.
This state, which will hold its caucuses on Saturday and is now more diverse than the two presidential contests held, is determined to reverse the momentum, or hopefully, the crumbling prospect of rural expansion will come after Iowa and New Hampshire shape. .
“I don’t think Iowa or New Hampshire reflects on America,” said Jonathan Quitt, who works at Stripe’s Casino and volunteers with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., “I think they’re small, white – bread communities without diversity.”
The shift to a more diverse electoral country in the presidency brings the possibility of more focus on ethnic issues and the opportunity for candidates like Mr Biden, as well as former Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Senator Amy Klubucher, who has yet to share a very goal with unique voters.
At the Clark County Democratic Party’s dinner at Tropicana Las Vegas on Saturday night – the organization’s public was ready to pay $ 5 and get dressed in suits and cocktail attire – six top presidential candidates spoke, and Mr. Biden thought the house was his own. He gave a rally speech about the Obama administration’s success while criticizing the senator Bernie Sanders’ healthcare plan to end personal insurance that has fought hard for unions.
In an interview aired on Sunday, Mr Biden further clarified the cost of his “Medicare for All” proposal, following Mr Sanders, winner of the popular vote in Iowa and New Hampshire.
“He never did anything,” Biden told NBC’s “Meet the Press” about his rival.
“I mean, he’s been talking about healthcare, Medicare for everyone, public health for 35 years,” Mr Biden said. “Nothing happened. I helped pass Obamacare. I helped it move forward. I got the vote.”
Mr. Sanders lived in Clark County for the majority of his dinner, a percentage of the state’s population, to attack Michael R. Bloomberg and his record as mayor of New York City. Mr Sanders condemns Mr Bloomberg, who is not on the ballot here on February 22, calling for a “racist policy like Stop and Frisk” policing tactics that have been criticized for having an unusual effect on people of color and for which Mr. Bloomberg apologizes.
Echoing the growing influence of Mr Bloomberg on the 3d March 14 Super Tuesday state, Mr Biden and Mrs Klobuchar both also made stops and Frisk and report after Sunday’s free-spending billionaire. He made sexist comments. “The basic point is that $ 60 billion can buy you a lot of ads, but it can’t erase your record,” Mr. Biden said in “Meet the Press.”
Mrs Klobuchar told CNN’s “State of the Union”, “I don’t think you should be able to hide behind airwaves and huge advertising buys.”
After being ranked fifth in New Hampshire and fourth in Iowa, the presence of left-leaning voters who could unite as a wild card candidate in Baldberg may reflect Mr Biden’s diminished status.
But the former vice-president and his supporters remain optimistic. Asked if Mr Quitt was discouraged, he was determined: “No. A. All. “
The Council of People in Nevada has a rarity. But there are some signs that Mr. Biden can get at least a partial firewall here for Saturday’s Caucus campaign. “On Saturday night, he said,” Listening to the voices of Latino and African-Americans, and without a loud voice, there could be no Democratic nominee, no one. “The state is about 30 percent Latino and 10 percent black, and has a fast-growing Asian-American population.
In addition to the greater diversity of Nevada, its residents have rarely visited candidates, nor have they been the focus of national news for a year, as they have been in Iowa and New Hampshire.
The more transient population of the state, many residents become disconnected from their neighbors and concentrate on jobs, making the pursuit of political news less attractive.
Mr Biden’s universal name recognition kept him in the national election for months, but he still seems to be enjoying that edge in the state.
At the same time, the support that Mr. Sanders laid on securing a close second place in the Caucasus on the state’s 2016 Cactus remains largely intact.
Jessica Slovak, a nurse who advised Mr. Sanders four years ago, was still waiting on the long line for a weekend in Las Vegas’s primary caucus site at a site where other Sanders supporters threw an electric guitar and sang along to “Burnie Needs.”
Her husband, Chase Slovak, who stood in line with her and supported Mr Sanders, said she was not as extreme as her rivals and the media portrayed her. However, Ms. Slovak did not agree.
“I personally think he can go as far as he can,” he said. “It’s for the greater good. And I’m going to vote with the heart of the person I think is the best for us. “
Rebecca and Ruiz contributed reporting.