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.”