Supporters show up in thousands for Bernie Sanders rally in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his campaign to Springfield Friday night. 22News got a chance to interview the Vermont senator ahead of the rally.

Anchor Don Shipman sat down with Bernie Sanders for a one-on-one interview. The presidential candidate spoke about his plan for the Springfield area and said the first thing he would tell his supporters when he gets on stage is “Thank you for coming.”

Watch the full interview below:

According to the Sanders campaign, a total of 4,750 people from the western Massachusetts area showed up to the rally. Doors opened at 6 p.m., and the rally itself started at 7:30 p.m.

The rally lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. The Springfield rally was much like other Bernie rallies. He touched on the cost of college tuition, wealth inequality, and health care for all. When asked about party unification, this is what the Vermont Senator had to say.

DON: We are in the western part of Massachusetts obviously a blue state. But I hear a lot of the liberals here tend to be a bit more moderate. How are you going to connect with those Moderat Liberals here and elsewhere?

BERNIE: People have honest differences of opinion but at the end of the day I have absolute confidence that all Democrats are going to come together.

DON: Here in Springfield we have so many small business owners who are looking to you – and they want to know how you can help them. How could you help small business owners?

BERNIE: When we can help is with a Medicare for all single-payer system. I think that if you talk to small business people they will tell you that one of the great expenses, and troubles that they have, is providing healthcare for their workers.

We also asked him why Springfield – ahead of South Carolina’s primary on Saturday?

Sanders answered, “We are worried about Super Tuesday,” adding that Super Tuesday is the most important day of the entire primary election.

It was a busy day for Bernie Sanders. He is rounding out his evening here in Springfield, after a rally earlier in the day in South Carolina. Of course, South Carolina is a big focus right now because their primary takes place on Saturday.

There are new questions Friday night about how viable South Carolina is for Bernie Sanders. Nexstar and Emerson College conducted a poll – and in it, former Vice President Joe Biden has a strong lead…. so that could be why he’s shifting some of his focus to Massachusetts.

The rally in Springfield and another rally in the eastern part of the state in Boston on Saturday. Of course, Super Tuesday happening in just a few days in Massachusetts.


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