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Sanders Makes Twin Ports Campaign Stop

As Iowa Caucuses Loom, Senator Makes Case For Electability Over Rival Clinton

Bernie Sanders, Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)
Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA).

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in the Twin Ports on Tuesday afternoon, highlighting issues of education, healthcare and the minimum wage at a Duluth, Minnesota rally.

With the Iowa caucus less than a week away, the U.S. senator from Vermont talked more about Republican challenger Donald Trump than Sanders’ own primary opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sanders has been closing the gap on Clinton in recent polls, but he said it’s about more than the numbers.

“The reason I believe we can win this general election and probably win it big is because this is the campaign, as we’re seeing here today, that has the energy, the enthusiasm, the momentum to take us all the way to the White House,” he said. “This is the campaign that will bring out working people to the polls and get young people involved in the political process.”

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From left to right: David Urling, Sam Weston and Anissa Peppersack at the Sanders rally. Danielle Kaeding/WPR

University of Wisconsin-Superior student and Ashland native David Urling agreed.

“And I think the young people are excited about it because we haven’t had a candidate that’s this progressive before,” he said.

Urling said he identifies more with Sanders’ platform for free healthcare and education. But, he said he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton if she receives the Democratic nomination.

Sanders highlighted that he leads Trump by more percentage points than Hillary Clinton in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. However, according to Politifact, that lead is much smaller or nonexistent against other Republican hopefuls like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.