Bernie Sanders draws 600 at campaign event in Rochester

Long-shot Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, fresh from a big campaign stop in Madison, Wisconsin, appeared in Rochester this morning to an overflow crowd of about 600.

Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who’s challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, drew nearly 10,000 people in Madison Wednesday night.

The smaller turnout did fill up the space at Rochester’s International Event Center. Sanders had attracted several thousands of people to the American Indian Center in Minneapolis on May 31, his first campaign visit to Minnesota.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin says Sanders talked this morning about finding ways for middle-class and blue-collar workers share in the nation’s wealth. And while he’s seen as an underdog in the race, the paper said “his focus on issues such as income inequality and the need to combat climate change will ignite the party’s liberal base.”

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  1. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 07/03/2015 - 10:16 am.

    Bernie Sanders, a ray of hope…

    If heaven had a polling place Paul Wellstone would be voting for Bernie Sanders, I ‘betcha’?

    ..and briefly noted:
    Does anyone remember Irwin Knoll of the Progressive mag who on every Fourth of July posted the Bill of Rights on his backyard trees as a celebratory gesture to instill in his mind and friends at his annual backyard barbeque, those most precious promises?

    How many of these rights are now respected; still exist…damaged, frayed by our protective acts that do threaten those same rights, with the careless abuse of those liberties…like the right to speak without the fear of persecution, prosecution to name one of a few?

    If there were a tree named Democracy, it has shed too many leaves out -of-season? How many promised rights are left to honor and respect on this most significant day in this nation’s history?

    We have a vintage polling booth curtain – red and white striped canvas from some past time. We printed the Bill of Rights on its surface and hang it on the porch to blow in the wind – justice in motion on the Fourth- so not to forget what we are promised, what we have lost; downsized as we so apprehensively live in a climate of fear; fear of others, fear of ourselves?

    May it be a peaceful day with no blood shed…

  2. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 07/03/2015 - 02:26 pm.

    Erwin Knoll

    Erwin with an ‘E’ , Editor/publisher of the Progressive 1973-1994. My apology indeed….

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