Sen. Bernie Sanders was welcomed on Tuesday by a big and boisterous crowd at a rally on a plaza outside the student union at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Vermont senator and his wife, Jane, were welcomed with cheers and chants as they walked up a catwalk to the outdoor stage on the campus located on the high desert at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
“This campaign is on the move,” Sanders said. “This campaign is going to end up in victory.”
Some 4,500 supporters, according to university official, heard Sanders call for tuition-free college and a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage. Hundreds more watched from a five-story parking garage overlooking the rally as he declared that it is long past time to close corporate tax loopholes and take on the corporate greed that is destroying our economy. People across America, he said, are fed up with “establishment politics, establishment economics and establishment media.”
Big crowds and small donors are the backbone of Sanders’ insurgent campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. “I don’t believe in the corporate agenda. I don’t want their money. So instead of hustling money from billionaires we have asked working families to contribute and as of today we have more contributors than any other campaign, almost 400,000 people. And the average contribution of $31.20,” he said.
This was Sanders third trip this year to the key early caucus state.
Earlier Tuesday, the senator spoke in Las Vegas to the Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention. That’s where he laid out an agenda for working families: a $1 trillion, jobs-creating road and bridge construction program, a switch from job-killing trade agreements like the corporate-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership, and big boost that would more than double the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
“We need bold changes in America,” Sanders told a news conference after the labor union speech. “We need a mass political movement. I call it a political revolution.”
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