Monday night’s (Feb. 1) Iowa caucus ended in a virtual tie for Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, meaning both could deliver cheery closing speeches. Sanders chose to end his night with a little Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie.
After thanking Iowans for joining in his “political revolution,” Sanders walked offstage to David Bowie’s “Starman.” Bernie was 31 years old when it came out; the year was 1972 and he was running for governor of Vermont and fighting against the Vietnam War. There’s a good chance The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars got some spins.
This is far from the first time the Sanders campaign has been down with cool music. Sanders’ Jan. 30 rally at the University of Iowa featured opening performances from Vampire Weekend and Foster the People. Killer Mike interviewed Sanders, and afterward, emerged as a strong supporter.
Sanders will need all the help he can get going forward, as political experts predict a difficult road for Bernie following Feb. 9’s New Hampshire primary.
Watch Sanders’ Iowa speech below, with “Starman” coming in at the very end: