The Alaska Dispatch News said that Bernie Sanders' wife would be in Alaska for three days and that she was going to meet with media this afternoon. I emailed the Sanders Alaska campaign to find out where and didn't have that much time to get my stuff together and go down to the Lakefront Hotel (the old Millennium on Spenard).
When I got to the hotel there were several other news people, a couple of whom I knew. It was then I learned this wasn't just going to be a press conference, but that we would each get five minutes one-on-one with Jane Sanders.
Living in Anchorage has meant, on a number of occasions, that I've been able to meet people whom I would never meet if I lived in LA or Seattle. We're a small place and when important people are here, there's much more chance to connect with them.
So below is my video of our talk. I normally have talked to people standing up and hold my camera close to my face and the interviewee. But we sat at a table and and I put my camera on the table which resulted in a terrible camera angle, with Jane Sanders seeming to be looking up. She was looking at me. So I apologize to Mrs. Sanders for messing that up. But I think it's still worth posting the whole ten minutes (as it turned out) of our conversation.
I also seem to have cut out the beginning of my first questions which gives the context for the end of it that starts the video. Here are the questions I asked. The first part of Question 1 didn't get recorded so it's helpful to have the whole question here.
Question 1: The symbolic value of electing an African-American president in 2008 was pretty big. It sent an important message to African-Americans and other people of color, and to the world. Electing Hillary Clinton would also have an important symbolic value for women. What does Bernie Sanders have to offer to women to offset the symbolic value of electing a woman?
Question 2: The Sanders campaign has been about revolution. I get that Part A of the revolution is getting elected. But then, what is Part B?
Jane Sanders mentioned making a college education accessible to all, which led to a third question about the corporatization of universities negatively affecting both faculty and students.
Later, there was a gathering of Bernie Sanders supporters in the hotel. I decided to stay and see how that went. I'd guess there were between 150 and 170 people there, filling the room. There was no public announcements that I know other than on the Sanders' Alaska website. It was a highly enthusiastic crowd and it seemed to me there were lots of folks under 40 and a reasonable collection of folks over 60. Those in-between were underrepresented. I'll try to put up more on that later.
The Alaska Democratic Caucus is Saturday. I also got a phone call this afternoon that hooked me into a conference call from Bill Clinton. So maybe this is a teeny taste of what Iowans must feel like before their primary.