Fired up crowd greets Sanders in Manassas, VA

Over 2,000 people came out to Bernie Sanders’s campaign rally tonight in Manassas, Virginia. This comes after a rally announcement only four days before.

The rally took place after the senator’s visit to Liberty University earlier today. Sanders voiced the same message tonight in front of his followers as he did at the notoriously conservative university this morning.

The Manassas rally concludes Bernie’s swing through the South for now; he will be making an appearance at a fundraiser in New York City this Friday, September 18.

Sanders addresses evangelicals hoping to find common ground on issues

On Monday morning, Bernie Sanders delivered a blunt speech to conservative evangelicals in Virgina. The same venue Sen. Ted Cruz used to announce his presidential bid.

In front of a packed house of 12,000 at Liberty University, President Jerry Falwell introduced and gave a warm welcome to Sanders by presenting a jersey to him bearing his name embroidered on the back.

“Senator Sanders we made room for a lot of your local supporters in the front row, you’ve got a fan club here,” he said.

Sanders then addressed the world’s largest Christian university with a speech emphasizing the nation’s moral responsibility to address economic inequality and demand drastic reform.

“When we talk about morality and justice, we have to understand that there is no justice when so few have so much, and so many have so little,” Sanders said.

Sanders was quick to note many in the audience hold different views on issues such as abortion and gay rights. He said his goal is to encourage a civil discourse bringing people together asking them to set aside their differences and find a common ground.

“It is easy to go out and talk to people who agree with you,” Sanders said. “It is harder, but not less important, for us to try and communicate with those who do not agree with us on every issue.”

Sanders applauded the students and faculty for their continuous search for the meaning of morality and how to apply it to their daily lives. He invited them to use the Golden Rule when thinking about how to deal with poverty and social issues.

“I would hope that as part of that discussion and part of that learning process some of you will conclude it is imperative that we have the courage to stand with the poor, working people, and take on powerful wealthy people whose greed, in my view, is doing this country enormous harm.”

Watch the whole speech here.

 

Sanders draws thousands to Greensboro, NC

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continued his sweep through the South seaboard today, stopping in Greensboro, North Carolina to speak to a crowd of over 9,000 people.

The independent senator is working to gain support from the black community in the South, with the introductory speaker stating “We are building a multiracial political revolution”.

North Carolina will hold its primary election on Super Tuesday along with 11 other states and can expect to receive more attention from the Sanders campaign in the near future.

Watch Cornel West introduce Sanders in Columbia

Dr Cornel West gave a rousing introduction of Bernie Sanders at a rally in Columbia, South Carolina this weekend.

“He’s not just on the move,” Dr West said of Sanders. “He’s going to win.”

“Get in on the love train. That’s what Bernie Sanders’ campaign is.”

Thousands come out to see Sanders in Rock Hill, SC

The independent Senator from Vermont drew thousands for a rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Saturday night.

Around 3,000 supporters attended the rally on the campus of Winthrop University on Saturday. The rally was initially scheduled to be held at the West Centre, but was moved to the Brynes Auditorium to accommodate a crowd larger than expected.

This is the Senator’s second swing through South Carolina, who is currently struggling to gain traction in the Palmetto State, though leading in Iowa and New Hampshire, other key states.

The campaign has also recently grown its staff in South Carolina, and is expected to focus heavily on the state over the coming months.

Sanders fires up enthusiastic Iowa crowd

Bernie Sanders kept up with the pace of his own momentum today as part of his three day tour of Iowa, meeting a crowd of 700 in Grinnell.

Seeking to capitalize on the new optimism following the positive Iowa poll, showing a 7-point gap between Sanders and Clinton, Sanders spoke to over 700 voters in the town of Grinnell.

In his speech, he spoke about the opening of the new campaign HQ in Ottumwa, commended the Iowan caucus system, and described the advances the campaign had made in the recent months, applauding the grassroots organizers in Iowa and across the country for their contributions.

Prior to the speech event, Sanders took part in taping of the Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press”, which will air over the weekend.

Sanders will stay on the move in Iowa over the next few days, visiting the town of Burlington tonight, and heading to Cedar Rapids tomorrow.

Sanders delivers strong address to DNC summer meeting

Democratic presidential candidates were at the Democratic National Committee’s Summer Meeting on Friday, and Senator Sanders did not shy away from his beliefs in front of the Democratic Party’s most powerful players.

After a brief introduction by the Democratic National Committee’s Vice Chairman and President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs Ray Buckley that highlighted Senator Sanders’ long career in activism and politics, Sanders addressed the crowd of mostly Democrat elites with a strong message: end establishment politics or lose the election.

“Republicans did not win the mid-term election in November. We lost that election. They didn’t win, we lost because voter turnout was abysmally and embarrassingly low, and millions of working people, young people, and people of color gave up on politics as usual and they stayed home,” the fiery Sanders told the crowd.

“Let me be as clear as I can be, in my view, Democrats will not retain the White House, will not regain the Senate or the U.S. House, will not be successful in dozens of governor’s races all across this country unless we generate excitement and momentum and produce a huge voter turnout.”

Sanders went on to say that the needed enthusiasm and turnout would not happen with establishment politics, and stated that the country needs to turn away from establishment economics to solve the issue of income inequality.

Senator Sanders stated that a political movement was necessary to “tell corporate America, and the wealthiest people in this country that they will start to pay their fair share of taxes.”  He then addressed the need to end trade policies such as the Transpacific Partnership, and a financial system that is held accountable and that invests in America.

Touching on jobs and wages, he called once again for a raise of minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, calling the current federal minimum wage a “starvation wage”, before addressing the need to provide twelve weeks of paid medical and family leave.

Sanders called for a jobs program that would be aimed at rebuilding our “crumbling infrastructure”, and stated that real unemployment, including youth unemployment, is much higher than the official unemployment rate.

The independent Senator from Vermont then turned towards campaign finance reform, and drew cheers and chants as he called for a grassroots movement to “tell the Koch brothers and the billionaire class that they will not continue to buy elections.”

He then repeated that he will not nominate anyone to the Supreme Court unless their first order of business is to overturn Citizens United, and addressed the need for publically funded elections and the end of voter suppression.

Sanders stated firmly that the Keystone XL pipeline must be defeated as part of America’s need to move from fossil fuels to a sustainable future, pointing out that climate change is real and is man-made.

He called for an end to institutional racism and reform for “a very, very broken criminal justice system.”  Sanders said that we must not accept more deaths of unarmed black people by police, and listed the names of many of the victims of such cases over recent years, including Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and many others.

“We must not continue being the country with more people in jail than any other!  And, the people in jail are disproportionally people of color.”

The Vermont Senator called for comprehensive immigration reform and a “path to citizenship.” Then, perhaps as a shot against his Republican opponents, called the idea of “somehow round[ing] up millions of people in the dead of the night,” racist and un-American.

Sanders was sure to remind the crowd that he was a Senator and former Congressman that voted against the war in Iraq, calling it “one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of this country.” 

He reminded the crowd of his backing of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, stating he “will stand with President Obama in preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but will do it in a way that prevents war.”

Sanders concluded his speech by calling for voters to “think big” and not be divided by wedge issues.  He reminded the crowd of his fight to expand Social Security benefits and improve veteran support.

Sanders called for the country to stand together, and stated that by standing together, there is nothing the people of America cannot accomplish.

Senator Sanders did not mention the debate schedule during his speech, although fellow Democratic nominee Michael O’Malley spent a significant portion of his speech highlighting the need for more debates.

Sanders was the last of the presidential candidates to speak Friday, as they were schedule in alphabetical order by last name.

After the presidential candidates had concluded their speeches, a motion was brought forth to increase the number of debates, but DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stated that there “is no provision available to have the DNC, by motion, increase or decrease or adopt criteria for those debates.”

The motion was dismissed.

Bernie fires up supporters in Charleston

Senator Bernie Sanders fired up a crowd of thousands of supporters in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday night, concluding his swing through the state.

Sanders called for a Medicare-for-all, single payer program, but said that his colleagues in Congress do not agree. He said that the Affordable Care Act has cut the uninsured rate across the United States. He called out the South Carolina legislature and governor for not signing on to the program, saying that more than 200,000 South Carolinians are missing out on health insurance.

In his speech to the rally, Sanders said real unemployment in this country is over 10 per cent, and that America is facing a jobs and unemployment crisis. He addressed youth unemployment, saying that unemployment for high school graduates aged between 17-20 is at 33 per cent for white children, Hispanic kids at 36 per cent, and African-American children at 51 per cent. Sanders called it an outrage, saying that this country is turning its back on an entire generation of young people.

Sanders called for a major government jobs program to put people back to work. He said that the United States’ infrastructure is crumbling, and is proposing to invest $1 trillion to put 13 million people back to work repairing it.

He said that millions of Americans work for wages that are ‘too damn low’. Sanders called the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour a starvation wage. He said the United States needs to move towards a national living wage of $15 an hour, over the next few years. people working 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty. Sanders also called for pay equity for women workers, saying there is no rational reason why women are earning 78 cents on the dollar compared to men.

Sanders touched on the fact that the United States has more people in jail than any other country on earth, and highlighted the connection between youth unemployment and young people in jails. Instead of building more jails, Sanders says will instead invest in jobs and education for young people.

Senator Sanders hit out at Republican ‘family values’, saying his sense of family values is very different to his Republican colleagues. Sanders said when he talks about family values, he talks about ending the national disgrace of not guaranteeing family and medical leave to its people.

Touching on campaign finance, Sanders said that the United States Supreme Court decided poorly in the Citizens United case. He said American democracy is meant to be about ‘one person, one vote’.

Sanders called for public financing of elections, saying that no candidate for public office should have to beg billionaires for campaign contributions.

Senator Sanders said it was time to end institutional racism in the United States, and pledges to transform and make radical changes to a criminal justice system that he described as ‘broken’.

He said that the United States has come a long way in combating institutional racism, but that it has a long way to go, citing electing an African-American as president as a huge achievement. Sanders said, however, that racism still remains a large part of society.

He said that when we are talking about racism, we are talking about Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and many others, including the names of others we do not know. He said these people died unnecessarily and wrongly at the hands of police officers, or in police custody and said it must change.

Sanders said that nobody would fighter harder than him as president to fight institutional racism and fix the country’s criminal justice system. He said that local police departments are too militarized, saying that they instead should be part of the community, and look like the communities. Sanders called for a move to community policing.

Senator Sanders called for a rethink of the war on drugs. He said that he finds it remarkable that a young person smoking marijuana can get a criminal record, while the crooks on Wall Street who destroyed the United States economy have no criminal record.

He said that he will introduce a bill when congress resumes that will put an end to private prisons in America. Sanders said that corporations should not be making money by locking people up.

The independent Senator from Vermont also touched on voting reform, making public colleges and universities in America tuition-free, student debt, expanding social security, trade policy and climate change.

He concluded by saying that when the people stand together, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

The rally in Charleston was Sanders’ last stop in his two-day swing through South Carolina. He will be in New Hampshire tomorrow, before taking a few days off the campaign trail.

Bernie’s big day in Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina

Senator Bernie Sanders has concluded a big day in South Carolina, where he addressed staggering crowds in Greenville and Columbia.

On Friday, Sanders arrived in South Carolina to speak to host a town meeting in Greenville. Roughly 2800 people turned out to hear him speak.

Sanders later rallied 2700 supporters in Columbia, which was televised live on C-SPAN. He also took questions live from the C-SPAN audience following the rally.

In his speeches, Sanders addressed wealth and income inequality, racial justice, trade policy, foreign policy, and climate change.

Following the rally in Columbia, viewers of C-SPAN called in to say they supported Sanders for his consistent policy positions, his honesty and his plans to make public colleges and universities tuition-free.

One caller said she was moved by his speech, describing what he said as coming from the heart. Another caller made similar remarks.

The campaign says it is building a strong team of experienced staff in South Carolina, led by state director Chris Covert and political director Lawrence Moore.

Sanders rally in Columbia, SC live on C-SPAN

Presidential contender Bernie Sanders will hold a rally in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night, which will be available live on C-SPAN.

The program begins at 7pm EDT and is expected to conclude at roughly 9pm. The rally will be covered live on C-SPAN, for cable viewers.

The Columbia rally is set to be held at the Medallion Center.

Senator Sanders is in South Carolina for a two-day swing through the state, which includes stops in Greenville, Charleston and Sumter.