Sanders in CLT: We Can Do It!
CHARLOTTE, NC — Senator Bernie Sanders spoke to 6,000 North Carolina voters the day before the primary election.
“What looks like a dream today can happen when people stand up and fight back!” Sen. Sanders said to the cheering crowd.
Filling the PNC Pavilion near UNC Charlotte was a crowd of mostly Millennials mixed with retired voters.
“I’ve been getting a lot of criticism for this so let me say it again,” said Sen. Sanders. “Health care is a right of all people.”
He pitched a Medicare for all program.
“Drug companies are ripping us off big time!” said Sen. Sanders. “If you’re a small or medium sized business person, you won’t have to worry day and night about how you’re going to provide health insurance to your employees because they’ll have health insurance,” said Sen. Sanders.
He wants to expand social security for seniors struggling to support themselves on $12,000 a year.
The senator reiterated tuition-free universities paid for by Wall Street.
“We should impose a tax on wall street speculation,” said Sen. Sanders. “When Wall Street was in trouble, they got bailed out. Now, it’s Wall Street’s turn to help the middle class.”
A middle class, he says, that’s forced to support a rigged economy.
“We have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income,” said Sen. Sanders.
He says corporations like Wal-Mart leave employees no choice but to use government assistance. He told the crowd, that assistance is paid for by middle class taxpayers.
He says companies should raise minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“Nobody can make it on $8, $9 bucks an hour.”
Sanders jabbed at Republicans who’ve placed voter ID laws that don’t encourage participation.
He criticized the GOP for blocking immigration reform.
“We will not accept their bigotry and Xenophobia!” said Sen. Sanders.
The Senator discussed a corrupt campaign finance system in which he says Wall Street donated $15 million to opponent Hillary Clinton.
For the first time in North Carolina, voters heard from a Superdelegate at the rally.
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham asked them who to support.
Tuesday’s primary will likely decide the Senator’s fate.
Sanders is battling Clinton over 121 delegates in North Carolina. 107 of those have to vote based on Tuesday’s primary results. 14 superdelegates can vote for the candidate they want.