We’re winding down some of the most memorable days I’ve had since we started this campaign. I spent Friday at the LGBTQ Presidential Forum, the one-year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I’ll never take for granted that I can run this campaign without hiding who I am. That’s as good a reminder as any: all politics is personal.
It continued from there. We had the most enthusiastic support of any candidate at the Steak Fry in Polk County. Across the country, we’re bringing together people of all backgrounds. In this team and our vision for the future, we’re giving people something to be a part of that’s bigger than themselves.
Then we set out on the bus tour. We’ve made stops in Newton, Boone, Webster City, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Elkader, Dubuque, Clinton, and Davenport. You can tell something is happening on the ground. Everywhere we go, people are turning out enthusiastically. Our organizers are doing a terrific job and earning a reputation for kindness as well as hustle. I can see for sure that our team won’t be outworked.
It all fills me with such tremendous pride and gratitude. Pride that people believe enough in me and themselves to be part of a campaign that’s going about things differently. Pride that we make an impression when we show up somewhere. Pride that on the strength of belief and hope, we’re building a formidable, top-tier campaign for president — one that will win.
I can see our path more clearly than ever. The last few days have illuminated it: go everywhere, talk to everyone, listen, organize, and don’t slow down.