Bernie Comes to Minnesota to Large Crowds, Gets Private Meeting with the President



Speaking to a crowd of allegedly over 10,000 people, enthusiastic Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gave a speech at the St. Paul River Centre on the evening of January 26.

With the Minnesota Caucuses a little over a month away, Sanders spoke in an attempt to pick up extra support in a state where the Democratic Party is widely considered to be far to the left of the rest of the country’s.

“I feel that the main issue for me [is] universal healthcare. It should be a right in this country,” said Shannon, an attendee who was uncomfortable giving her last name.

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-5th) introduced Sanders. Ellison has a strong standing with liberals in Minnesota, and the local endorsement could sway some Democratic primary voters. Sanders was welcomed to the podium to deafening cheers from the crowd.

“I like Bernie more than Hillary because I see Hillary as the same old politician,” said Kathy, another attendee who withheld her last name.

Speaking about topics ranging from Wall Street to education, Sanders started by calling for a political revolution, a long-running theme of his campaign.

Sanders also targeted far right Republicans first, saying that Americans need to stand up to, “not let the Trumps of the world divide us.” Then, continuing on to more general Republicans, he talked about how they claim to be “family values” oriented, but how, in his opinion, they fail to live up to such statements as they do not support mandatory maternity leave.

On economic issues, Sanders offered an infrastructure stimulus plan of $1 trillion, promising that it would employ millions of people. During this point, he also used the 2007 35W bridge collapse as an example of what he called the United States’ crumbling infrastructure.

Sanders concluded his speech by talking about foreign affairs, saying that he voted against War on Terror.

“We must crush ISIS, but we must do it in a smart way,” stated Sanders.

Sanders ruled out sending any ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS if he were elected president.

During the event, news broke that Sanders is set to meet privately with President Obama on Wednesday, January 27, a meeting that could have a massive impact in the Iowa caucus on February 1. Obama has not endorsed any candidate in the Democratic primary thus far.