Democratic presidential aspirant, Bernie Sanders, attracted a massive crowd of over 20,000 people during his recent stop in Minnesota this Tuesday.
After devoting a lot of attention and time to voters in New Hampshire and Iowa, Sanders had also visited Duluth and St. Paul. The response has been overwhelming everywhere.
From the initial presidential caucuses in Iowa, it is apparent that Sanders is running a close race with Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s once invincible lead in the polls is now a thing of the past.
Ken Martin, DFL Party Chair, said, “We’re very excited that Senator Sanders is coming to Minnesota.” He added, “There’s a lot of great support out there for him in this state.”
According to John Croman, KARE 11’s political reporter, around 10,000 people had gathered in River Centre’s main arena during the rally on Tuesday night. He reported that there were thousands of other people in an adjoining overflow area.
A lot of attendees wearing custom lanyards admitted that they aren’t just hoping for a democratic win, but they are also hankering after someone to initiate a political revolution of sorts.
On March 1, Minnesota will host one of the nation’s first presidential caucuses or primaries. Minnesota’s DFL along with the Republican Party will pick delegates for the national party conventions.
A recently naturalized Somali-American said that she would be voting for Sanders during the March 1 caucuses because “Bernie is not afraid to say what many Americans today think, but many politicians are scared to say.”
When Sanders took to the stage he addressed the issue of economic inequality in the country. He said, “It is not acceptable that the 20 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of people.” He also spoke about abolishing “poverty wages” by making $15 an hour the minimum hourly wage across the nation.
Sanders’ vision is to create a nation where marijuana gets decriminalized, college is free for everyone, new mothers receive paid family leave, everyone enjoys gender equality in pay and women get to have abortion rights.
Sanders also aspires to end the “endless wars in the Middle East.” Sanders has been receiving massive support all across the nation as he has truly become a voice for the masses.