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Bernie Sanders in Michigan: ‘We will transform America’

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YPSILANTI, Mich. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made his first campaign visit to Michigan Monday with a rally at Eastern Michigan University, promising his supporters they will help transform America.

The Vermont senator spoke for more than an hour to a crowd of roughly 9,000 people, and addressed hallmark issues of his campaign like breaking up the big banks on Wall Street, pushing for free college tuition, and reforming the criminal justice system.

YPSILANTI, MI - FEBRUARY 15: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during his first campaign rally in Michigan at Eastern Michigan University February 15, 2016 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. At his "A Future To Believe In" rally, Sanders spoke on a wide range of issues, including his plans to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. The next voting for the democratic candidates will be the Democratic caucus in Nevada on February 20th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

YPSILANTI, MI - FEBRUARY 15: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during his first campaign rally in Michigan at Eastern Michigan University February 15, 2016 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. At his "A Future To Believe In" rally, Sanders spoke on a wide range of issues, including his plans to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. The next voting for the democratic candidates will be the Democratic caucus in Nevada on February 20th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

"Together we are going to invest in jobs and education, not jail and incarceration," he said, telling supporters his campaign was about creating a "political revolution."

"Together, we are going to stand up for democracy, we are going to vote, and have to courage to take on powerful special interested and, yes, we will transform America," he said to roaring applause.

Sanders also addressed the ongoing water crisis in Flint, saying his meeting with residents before the rally  was one of the more difficult meetings he'd ever attended in his political life.

"I really did not know how ugly it was," he said, referring to the tainted water situation and the fallout of the crisis.

Sanders told the crowd it was "beyond my comprehension in the year 2016 in the United States of America we are poisoning our children."

He added that if the state and local government cannot protect children, then "the federal government better get in there."

Flint's water became tainted when the city began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014. Regulators failed to ensure the water was properly treated, and lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply.

Rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton recently visited Flint and on Monday announced several endorsements from ministers in the city.

Sanders also repeated his call for Gov. Rick Snyder to resign in the wake of the ongoing crisis.

The Vermont senator also rejected Republicans’ calls for President Obama to delay nominating a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, going so far as to call them obstructionists.

“You talk about the Constitution a whole lot, well how about obeying the Constitution? And start holding hearings when President Obama nominates the next Supreme Court justice," he said.

“Talk about cowardice, talk about obstructionism. Here you have the Constitution as clear as clear could be.”

Sanders is set to debate fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in Flint March 6, which is just two days before Michigan's primary election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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14 comments

  • Daniel

    HILLARY’s SENATE RECORD & Other Facts:

    CITIZENS UNITED…………….SUPPORTS IT / USES IT
    (allows millions of $ from corporate
    interest to pour into the political process
    to fund campaigns by Super Packs….
    aka “the legal bribing system”)

    DOMA ……………………………………….VOTED FOR IT
    (Defense Of Marriage Act, prevented
    equal rights for gay marriage)

    PRISON PROFITEERING ……………….SUPPORTS IT
    (hillary’s against lighter sentencing
    for non-violent offenders like marijuana
    users, hillary’s Prison lobby donors need
    people in prison (meat for the grinder)

    FRACKING / OFF-SHORE OILING ……VOTED FOR IT

    KEYSTONE PIPELINE…………………….SUPPORTED IT
    (which will result in emanate
    domain removing citizens off
    their lands so Oil Companies
    can Profit) hillary flipped-flopped
    on this issue since it’s an election yr.

    BREAKING UP BIG BANKS ……………….AGAINST IT
    (to avoid another “too big to fail”
    fallout scenario like in ’08 Crash)

    TPP FREE-TRADE…………………………..VOTED FOR IT
    (lost U.S jobs / companies
    profited on cheep labor by
    out sourcing american jobs)

    UNIONS…………………………………….. AGAINST IT
    while on the Walmart board of
    directors, hillary didn’t support
    her employees efforts to unionize
    to fight for better wages

    BANKRUPTCY REFORM ACT…………..VOTED FOR IT
    (made it harder to fix & get good
    credit, big banks & credit card
    companies rake in record profits
    by keeping customers in the ‘Red’)

    GLASS STEAGALL ACT…………..DIDN’T SUPPORT IT
    (regulation to prevent another
    great depression, would have
    prevented the 08′ Wall St. Crash)

    IRAQ WAR AUTHORIZATION…………..VOTED FOR IT
    (cost the tax payers Billions, destabilized
    the mid-east leading to ISIS today)

    GMO INDUSTRY………………………………SUPPORTS IT
    (the taking over of gov. funded
    Genetically Modified Organics in the
    farming sector, pushing out family
    farmers, the non labeling of GMO’s
    in packaged foods in stores)

    1960 CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT…………..AGAINST IT
    (Hillary was a “Goldwater Girl”
    worked for the Barry Goldwater
    Campaign which was anti-new deal,
    anti-welfare, anti-unions,anti-gay rights,
    anti-abortion, Goldwater voted against
    The Civil Rights Act of ’64)

    ^ google it/ yahoo it/ wikipedia it…
    these are facts easily found all over the internet
    there’s more but i’m sure you get the picture ….
    (Bernie was on the ‘Opposite Side’ of all these issues)

    Democrats Pride Themselves on Facts, otherwise
    we mite as well be like the Republicans, so please
    vote for the better candidate “Bernie Sanders”

    • Andrew

      That is all true, Daniel, and is a great reason NOT to vote for Clinton. But that doesn’t mean that you should vote for Sanders. Sanders is a proud, vocal Socialist. America is not a Socialist country and can not be a Socialist country without completely rewriting the Constitution. America does not want to rewrite the Constitution, it wants to restore it.

      Voting for Sanders because of Clinton’s record is illogical, and not a rational criteria for voting for someone. It is no different than buying the least blighted home on a block of abandoned homes in Detroit because it is better than the others on that block. There are other homes for sale on other blocks in other cities. Homes that aren’t blighted. Are they perfect? No most homes need something. Some of them are even fixer-uppers. But even those are not blighted, and are therefore better than any of the homes on the block you are restricting yourself to.

      If we are to save our country, we have to put aside the blind dedication to party. We have to put aside our dedication to the idea that “politician” is a legitimate career. It shouldn’t be. It should be a temporary period of service to one’s country. And nobody who sees it as anything else should be elected to anything. It is time to reform, through our vote, what it means to be the representative of the American people. We need to tell everyone in Washington DC that their jobs are in danger. And we need to tell the people who would actively destroy our Constitution by putting foreign interests ahead of the interests fo the citizens of this country “You are fired!”

    • Andrew

      That is all true, Daniel, and is a great reason NOT to vote for Clinton. But that doesn’t mean that you should vote for Sanders. Sanders is a proud, vocal Socialist. America is not a Socialist country and can not be a Socialist country without completely rewriting the Constitution. America does not want to rewrite the Constitution, it wants to restore it.

      Voting for Sanders because he is better than Clinton is not a rational way to choose a candidate anyway. It is like choosing the least blighted house on the block to buy, rather than buying a non-blighted house on a different block, or in a different neighborhood, or in a different city. If we the people are to save this country, we have to set aside blind dedication to party, and to establishment. We have to abandon the idea that “politician” ought to be a career, as it was never intended to be one. It was intended to be, and ought to be, a temporary period of service to one’s country which one undertakes at the request of the people, afterwhich one returns to one’s career. At the very least, we need to put a stop to DC politics as an elite national club. We need to put all of our representatives on notice that their political “jobs” are only going to last a few years, and we need to vote out incumbents regularly. And we need to tell those representatives who put foreign interests ahead of the interests of the citizens of this country “You are fired!” immediately.

    • Sensible American

      That is all true, Daniel, and is a great reason NOT to vote for Clinton. But that doesn’t mean that you should vote for Sanders. Sanders is a proud, vocal Socialist. America is not a Socialist country and can not be a Socialist country without completely rewriting the Constitution. America does not want to rewrite the Constitution, it wants to restore it.

      Voting for Sanders because he is better than Clinton is not a rational way to choose a candidate anyway. It is like choosing the least blighted house on the block to buy, rather than buying a non-blighted house on a different block, or in a different neighborhood, or in a different city. If we the people are to save this country, we have to set aside blind dedication to party, and to establishment. We have to abandon the idea that “politician” ought to be a career, as it was never intended to be one. It was intended to be, and ought to be, a temporary period of service to one’s country which one undertakes at the request of the people, afterwhich one returns to one’s career. We need to put all of our representatives on notice that their political “jobs” are only going to last a few years, and we need to vote out incumbents regularly. And we need to tell those representatives who put foreign interests ahead of the interests of the citizens of this country “You are fired!”

    • A Sensible American

      That is all true, Daniel, and is a great reason NOT to vote for Clinton. But that doesn’t mean that you should vote for Sanders. Sanders is a proud, vocal Socialist. America is not a Socialist country and can not be a Socialist country without completely rewriting the Constitution. America does not want to rewrite the Constitution, it wants to restore it.

      Voting for Sanders because he is better than Clinton is not a rational way to choose a candidate anyway. It is like choosing the least blighted house on the block to buy, rather than buying a non-blighted house on a different block, or in a different neighborhood, or in a different city. If we the people are to save this country, we have to set aside blind dedication to party, and to establishment. We have to abandon the idea that “politician” ought to be a career, as it was never intended to be one. It was intended to be, and ought to be, a temporary period of service to one’s country which one undertakes at the request of the people, after which one returns to one’s career. We need to put all of our representatives on notice that their political “jobs” are only going to last a few years, and we need to vote out incumbents regularly. And we need to tell those representatives who put foreign interests ahead of the interests of the citizens of this country “You are fired!”

  • pwilk

    Bernie and the Democrats want Snyder to resign – how about demanding the mayor of Flint resign. It was her responsibility first to take care of her people and she didn’t. Enough of the Dems irresponsibility and deflecting their part in all of it. Bernie is not America’s answer to a healthier nation – he will totally break us into the death consciousness of communism. Why do liberals never ask, “Who’s going to pay for all this free stuff that the Dems are offering? If we took all the wealthy people’s money, it still wouldn’t pay for all this free stuff – not even come close. What’s not being said is he and the Dems will tax us to death, but he and his elitist buddies won’t be paying out of their pay check – you can guarantee that. Hasn’t Obama, Hillary and the Dems proven this already that they exempt themselves from everything they force upon us? You liberals just don’t live in reality and are so easily manipulated into their false utopia that was created to appear altruistic to the lower masses but in reality creates poverty for most and extreme wealth for the elites. Plus, we become their drone robots without free will. What will it take to wake you up – does reality have to hit you in the face?