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Thousands Flock To EMU To Hear Bernie Sanders Speak

Feb 15, 2016

A crowd of over 9,000 people gave a big welcome to Bernie Sanders at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center.  The presidential hopeful addressed the medical issues some Flint residents are having because of the water contamination.  Sanders wants Snyder to resign.


The senator said that if local governments don't fix the water crisis in Flint, than the federal government needs to take over.  Many in the crowd were college students like Laura Dzubay, she was glad to hear that he wants to offer free tuition at public universities.

Dzubay added, “A lot of the time you see politicians that kind of lean on on getting people’s emotions, and trying to get people think that they are going to good things. But, he wasn’t actually trying to get people to understand what he was trying to do.”

Improving medical benefits for all Americans as well as equal pay for women were popular issues among Sanders supporters.  Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour also got the crowd excited, even among people who are still on the fence like Steve Kowolski. 

Kowolski liked listening to Sanders speak about being fair to everyone in this country, explaining: “I’m an undecided voter, I guess. But, everything he [Sanders] said really made sense to me. I really like the way the he talks about fairness and justice. That’s what resonates with me.”

In his nearly hour long remarks at the Convocation Center, Senator Sanders said he is confident that he will win the Michigan Primary election in March.

Listen as WEMU's Jorge Avellan and Lisa Barry discuss wrap up of the event here:

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu