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Sanders Defends College Tuition Plan At West Allis Rally

Democratic Presidential Candidate Also Talks About How He'd Compare With Walker's Leadership

Bernie Sanders rally in West Allis
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in West Allis Tuesday night. Chuck Quirmbach/WPR

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders defended his college tuition proposal from criticism by rival Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop at West Allis on Tuesday night.

The U.S. senator from Vermont said he wants to eliminate tuition for students who attend public colleges and universities. Former Secretary of State Clinton said wealthy families should still pay tuition and that Sanders’ plan would require more financial support from states, which may be unlikely.

But at the rally Tuesday, Sanders said the money would come from a tax on Wall Street speculation.

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“When Wall Street crashed, the middle class bailed them out,” he said. “Now, it is their time to help the middle class of this country.”

Sanders also criticized Clinton for six-figure speaking fees and for having a large political action committee, called a Super PAC.

Sanders also took aim at Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker several times during the rally. He said he disagrees with Walker on many issues, like tax cuts for corporations attacks on unions and Planned Parenthood.

“In other words, you can get a pretty good understanding of what I’ll do as president, by looking at Scott Walker and seeing I will do exactly the opposite!” said Sanders.

Walker said he’s been elected three times in six years because Wisconsin voters support his policies.

Sanders faces Clinton in next Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primary.

Sanders will campaign on Wednesday in Kenosha, Madison and Onalaska.