More Than 7,000 Gather For Bernie Sanders Rally In Downtown Phoenix
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was in Phoenix Tuesday night to hold a last-minute rally. Topics like immigration and healthcare reform dominated much of the conversation.
More than 7,000 people greeted Sanders enthusiastically at the Phoenix Convention Center. Hundreds had been lined up since early morning to hear the Vermont senator make his case for their vote in the upcoming primary election.
He touched on a number of topics while on stage, including comprehensive immigration reform. His push for a path to citizenship received a positive reaction from the crowd. But the most common theme of the night was reducing inequality, from income and gender to race.
"And we are going to create a criminal justice system where unarmed people, often minorities, are not shot by police officers," Sanders said.
Sanders spoke after primary losses were announced in Florida and Ohio. While supporters were disappointed, Tempe resident Tanner Ninke said the fight isn’t over yet.
"I’d rather vote for the candidate I believe in than just who has the best shot of winning the nomination right now," he said. "I think it’s still too early to make that call."
First-time voter Mona Sayeed said despite her young age she’s interested in a mature candidate. She says she’s been turned off by the dialogue and negative campaigning from the Republicans.
"They're very childish in the way they act. I feel like they don't really care. It's more about gaining power instead of for the people."
The rally was Sanders’ second visit to the Valley. It comes a week before Arizona holds its presidential preference election on March 22.