Bernie Sanders: Why Did Thousands Stand In Line To Hear Him?

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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?
“Paul Wellstone.”

“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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Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

6 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders: Why Did Thousands Stand In Line To Hear Him?

  1. Bernie Sanders has had the courage to go where no presidential candidate since the Great Depression has braved to go before—the West Branch, Iowa home town of Republican President Herbert Hoover.

    Sanders came here nine long summer and winter months before we Iowans hold our presidential causes. And though distant in time and with people having many things to think about in wrapping up spring, moving on into a long hot summer and not much caring to think of the cold of winter, they came
    out of their homes last week to rally with an Independent.

    Beyond it being remarkable that people showed up on a Friday night under rain-threatening skies was the size and makeup of the crowd. It was the largest and most engaged crowd in such a small place as this longtime Democrat political activist has ever seen and of a broad array of political sentiment I have ever rubbed shoulders with.

    In addition to usual Democratic Party suspects and progressive independents were young and old I would have thought might have been more at home in the other party. Given the motley fabric of those assembled it seemed fitting that the man voicing the common concerns and interests of those gathered
    with him is an Independent from the Yankee Northeast that caucuses with Democrats in Congress but does not toe any party line when it comes to fulfilling his responsibilities to serve what constitutes the interest of government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    This man Sanders is a leader for these times and I dedicate what capabilities as a citizenship that I can muster to join in securing Bernie Sanders the caucus nomination of my Iowa Democratic Party and election as presidential servant of the people of United States of America. In this I will work toward attending the Feb 1, 2016 Iowa caucus with any and all others for a victory by WE THE PEOPLE we can achieve together if we join together.

  2. Minnesotans have been completely thrown under the bus from ALEC Democrats, and the extremist Chamber of Commerce, in the last session.

    It is so bad here, that they castrated the State Auditor, because, “Minnesota law requires mining companies to provide financial assurances.
    A financial assurance is a damage deposit provided by the mining
    company before mining begins to ensure that cleanup and reclamation can
    be done after the mine closes. Financial assurances, if sufficient,
    protect taxpayers from having to foot the bill for cleanup costs.”

    No kidding. And Otto is ELECTED official and the Dems did this. We need Bernie more than ever and Hillary is the “same old, same old”.

  3. Is this a question about not being prepared for so, so many more than 200 people? I guess they were being humble. . . .