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Ice cream politics arrive in Delaware

Ben and Jerry's founders will be handing out samples of Bernie's Yearning ice cream during a campaign event for Bernie Sanders in Wilmington. (photo via BerniesYearning.com)

Ben and Jerry's founders will be handing out samples of Bernie's Yearning ice cream during a campaign event for Bernie Sanders in Wilmington. (photo via BerniesYearning.com)

With one week left before Delaware voters pick their favorites in the presidential primary, ice cream creators Ben and Jerry visit Wilmington to stump for Bernie Sanders.

Delaware has pretty much been an afterthought in this election seasons raucus primaries. No candidates have appeared. Major surrogates have also been noticably absent. 

Now, the creators of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream are stepping into that void. After being arrested and released yesterday at the U.S. Capital for protesting, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield will meet with Delaware voters Tuesday afternoon to urge them to support Bernie Sanders.

The ice cream social event is free and open to the public. It will be held at 5 p.m. at the Hare Pavillion along the Wilmington Riverfront. 

Earlier this year, Ben Cohen unveiled an ice cream flavor in honor of Sanders called Bernie’s Yearning. To avoid running afoul of FEC regs, the ice cream was made from ingredients paid for by the Sanders campaign, while Cohen volunteered his time as a private citizen and not in his role at Ben and Jerry’s.

Whether ice cream can sway the votes of Delaware Democrats remains to be seen. A majority of Democratic leaders in Delaware are backing Hillary Clinton in next Tuesday’s primary.

 

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