Bigger Halls Booked as Crowd Expectations Rise
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Responding to swelling interest, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign moved town meetings set for this weekend to much bigger spaces in Las Vegas and Charleston, South Carolina. The campaign also made contingency plans to accommodate the thousands of people who have indicated they plan to see Sanders on Saturday in Denver.
“The more people get to know about Bernie and what he stands for the more they want to be part of his political revolution,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “I think there’s just a hunger out in the country for someone to speak to the issues that really affect the lives of middle income and working families,” he added.
The events are free and open to the public, which makes turnout projections difficult to calculate precisely, but Weaver said the campaign changed the event sites in Nevada and South Carolina based on indications that much bigger crowds of people plan to attend than were initially anticipated.
Here is the itinerary for this weekend with new locations in Nevada and South Carolina:
Friday, June 19
Las Vegas town meeting, Treasure Island Ballroom, Treasure Island Casino, 3300 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada
Speech at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials 32nd Annual Conference, Aria Resort and Casino, 3730 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, June 20
Denver rally, Hamilton Gymnasium at the Ritchie Center, University of Denver, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Denver, Colorado
Sunday, June 21
Charleston town meeting, Burke High School, 244 President St., Charleston, South Carolina
*UPDATE: Sen. Bernie Sanders is postponing this planned trip to Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday as the nation and Charleston community mourn the deaths of nine people killed by a gunman inside an historic black church.