Nearly 4,000 people in Minneapolis waited in a long line on a Sunday morning to hear presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. That’s a lot more than the 200 people the campaign originally expected. So why did so many people show up and what did they think of Sanders? The UpTake’s Bill Sorem asked.
Watch the video to hear the varied responses he got.
Video above: long lines and many reasons people waited to see Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday.
A sampling of what people said before and after the event
“I think Bernie could be an inspiration to so many people. There are just so many Democrats that are just fed up with the system and that are fed up with the conservative Democrats. As far as Hillary I do like Hillary Clinton but I am all for Bernie because Bernie is a true progressive. He is a true progressive. He isn’t owned by corporations. He isn’t owned by anyone. And so i think if we all stand together and get those lazy people out there that don’t vote and are just so fed up with the system, if we get them out there to vote, Bernie could definitely win.”
“He voted against the war in Iraq. That’s one thing he’s going to have on Hillary. He’s going to be able to bring that up and say you know, you voted for that and look where it put us today.”
“I think he’d be a good candidate. But it worries me that the Democrats always look for a savior rather than electing state legislators and congresspeople to represent their interests as well. “
“I like that he’s anti-corporate. I like that he’s always stood for what he stands for and he hasn’t wavered. He hasn’t changed because he’s been in Washington all these years.”
“To learn more about him. I like his stance on public education and the environment. And so that’s very important to me, those two.”
Do you think he’s got a chance to be elected?
“I actually do. If you asked me a couple weeks ago I would have said no.”
Do you think he’s got a chance to be nominated?
“ Yes, I actually do.”
Are you a Bernie supporter?
“Not yet. I’m interested to hear what he has to say.”
“Right now I’m kind of in the middle. I like his voice on education.”
“Not yet. I’m a little bit on the Hillary side. But we’ll see. I like that he gets things done. Once that he’s passionate about something, he’s ready to go. He’s just a hard worker.”
“I plan to vote for him and I plan to go to my DFL caucus and caucus for him.”
“We are Bernie supporters”
Who were you supporting before?
“I was impressed. I only heard him on the radio before and he just laid it out for us in what people really want.”
What didn’t he cover?
“He didn’t say anything about the military budget and that’s important to us. We think that there’s enough money in America… the military takes way too much.”
“I wish he’d brought up the issue of war and peace and all the money that’s spent on that. But I’m glad that we have a voice for the environment and for a need for change.”
“I think it’s amazing and wonderful that someone is finally standing up for ordinary working people and not afraid to call… not afraid of the name socialist . I think that’s a tremendously important step forward for all of us. It legitimizes the efforts of everybody that’s worked for social change for the last 50 years.”
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