Sanders Encourages Wisconsin Supporters To Back Clinton

Former Candidate Stumped For Clinton in Madison, Green Bay On Wednesday

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Bernie Sanders encouraged his Wisconsin supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton in a speech given Wednesday in Madison.

In the latest Marquette University Law School poll, 48 percent of Democrats surveyed said they’d prefer Sanders, who won Wisconsin’s Democratic presidential primary in April, as the Democratic presidential nominee, rather than Clinton.

Elizabeth Robb, 22, shares that view. A Sanders supporter, she attended the former candidate’s appearance Wednesday with hopes she’d learn some new things about Clinton. Robb is still on the fence about who to vote for in November.

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“I think everybody right now is having some doubts about our choices,” she said.

Sanders addressed voters Wednesday like Robb.

“Get beyond the personality, get beyond the negativity,” the Vermont senator said. “Just take a hard look at which candidate is better for the middle class.”

Sanders also pointed out areas where he and Clinton agree, including raising the minimum wage, lowering prescription drug prices and providing free college tuition for some students.

He also dedicated time to differentiating Clinton from her Republican rival, Donald Trump, saying the biggest reason to support Clinton now is that Trump has “made bigotry a cornerstone of his campaign.”

“Donald Trump wants to take us back,” Sanders said. “We will not allow bigotry to resurface in the United States of America.”

Sanders also campaigned Wednesday for Clinton in Green Bay.