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Bernie Sanders Brings Populist Message to Thousands at Lawrence Rally

Bernie Sanders spoke to supporters Thursday night in Lawrence. (Photo by Mary Costello / Nicci Banman)

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders told a crowd in Lawrence Thursday night that he could beat Republican Donald Trump in the election and take the White House. Sanders tried to fight off criticisms that he may not be as electable as his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders sent a message of inclusiveness to a crowd of thousands of supporters.

“Community working together trumps selfishness. Most importantly, we will defeat Donald Trump because love trumps hate,” says Sanders.
Tyler Lewis says he likes the positions Sanders takes on financial inequality and climate change. He says Sanders has been able to create enthusiasm, which a winning candidate needs.

“Trump’s people have enthusiasm and Bernie’s people have enthusiasm. This makes the most sense, in my mind, for the Democratic candidate to be the candidate with the most enthusiasm because those voters will show up,” says Lewis.
Sanders will face off against Clinton in the Kansas Democratic caucuses Saturday.

Democratic Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders repeated his call for overhauling campaign finance during a campaign stop in Lawrence Thursday. Sanders singles out the Koch brothers specifically and says large campaign donors have too much power. He says his campaign has accepted small donations averaging $27.

“I am not indebted to Wall Street, the drug companies, the fossil fuels industry. I’m indebted to millions of people for their 27 bucks,” says Sanders.
Sanders is also calling for reducing the cost of college and offering more services for the nation’s veterans. Both those ring true to Hannah Hewett, a student at Emporia State University who waited for hours to see Sanders.
“I am in student debt and also my dad and my brother are both military, so the beginning of his speech just talking about what we need to do for our troops I agree with that, too, because I’ve lived part of that,” says Hewett.
Sanders will face off against Hillary Clinton in the Kansas Democratic caucuses Saturday.

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