Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, who famously backed Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, returned to Iowa on Thursday to support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. During a speech at a campaign event in Mason City, Sarandon drew parallels between 2008 and 2016, comparing Obama’s “authentic voice” to Sanders’s. She praised him for proving “over and over again” that he’s a “consistent” and “principled” man who is brave enough to take on “the machine.” On Twitter, Sarandon posted a photo of Sanders embracing her, among other highlights from the campaign trail, along with the message, “IT’S BERN TIME!!”
In an interview with CNN, Sarandon responded to questions about why she wasn’t supporting a “feminist icon” like Hillary Clinton, saying that it’s “patronizing to women to think that we all follow our genitalia to pick candidates.” Plus, she added, Clinton voted in favor of the Iraq War. Sanders, who opposed the war, has the “judgement, not just experience” to lead the country, Sarandon said.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders has been busy with a new feud. On Thursday morning, The Washington Post published a blistering editorial in which it railed against “Bernie Sanders’s fiction-filled campaign.” Sanders fired back almost immediately at a breakfast meeting with reporters in Iowa, blasting the editorial and, when he was asked a question about foreign policy, mocking the “geniuses” on the Post’s editorial board for supporting the Iraq War.
Also on Thursday, Sanders’s doctor released a medical report showing that the 74-year-old senator is in “very good health.” Sanders told CBS News he felt “blessed” to be healthy, something that he said can’t totally be controlled. He might also be feeling blessed about a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released on Thursday, just three days ahead of the Iowa caucuses, showing that he holds a three-point lead over Hillary Clinton among Democratic Iowa voters.
Watch Sarandon’s full speech below.
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