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US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders visits Oklahoma

Updated: Jun 10

NORMAN -  Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders rallied in Reeves Park in Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon. Over 4,000 people were in attendance to listen to Sanders strive for a second victory in the 2020 Oklahoma presidential primaries.

The U.S senator covered many of his proposed policies. Including Medicare for All, climate change, equality in the workplace, immigration laws, gun control and many other policies he noted to be touchy subjects for Oklahoma.

"The United States of America is the only major country on earth to not guarantee health care to all people as a human right. Together, we are going to end that absurdity," Sanders said regarding Medicare for All.

When speaking of minimum wage the hopeful candidate stated,  "Four years ago, when I came here, I said that if you work 40 hours a week, you shouldn't be living in poverty, we've got to raise that minimum wage to at least 15 bucks an hour," Sanders said. "People said, 'Bernie you're crazy, you're extreme, can't be done.' In the last four years, seven states in the United States (and) Congress have raised minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. If the people want it to be done and they do, it will be done,” 

A great portion of the speech included the top 1% and those who are at the bottom struggling to make a living. 

He also promises a climate change plan that will assist in fossil fuels job transitions and plans to establish equal pay for equal work. 

"We're going to end the absurdity of women making .80 cents on the dollar compared to men," Sanders said. 

Kate Taylor, OKC

Sanders proposes on investing in jobs and education.

“As another issue I talked about four years ago, Everybody said, ‘Bernie you’re crazy, can’t be done.’ What I said is ‘Look, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world we have got to re-think what free public education is about. It’s no longer good enough to go from k-12, we have got to make public colleges and universities tuition free,”

While in regards to gun legislation and himself, Sanders stated that,  “This president will not be intimidated by the NRA.” 

He encouraged those listening to think about running for office. 

“You can do it, listen, I am a member of the United States Senate, and if you think you don’t know enough to run for local office, trust me, I know the United States Senate, you do know enough,”  

Upon leaving the rally Sanders gave a couple of de-bunks toward President Trump, but no refutes against fellow democratic candidates.

"I'm here not only asking for your help to defeat Donald Trump. I am asking for your help to work with me to transform this country, to transform this economy to create a government that works for all of us and not just the 1 percent," -Bernie Sanders

When asked the question, ”What kind of change would you like to see Bernie Sanders bring to America as President of The United States?”  Tom Smith of Ada answered, “I’d like to see Bernie bring about a movement of people actually caring about people instead of their own interests, about the responsibilities of stewardship of our environment in place of greed, of work for the common good - not us versus them. Call me a dreamer, but that’s what I’d like to see.“

Senator Bernie Sanders left the event shaking hands and taking selfies with members of the crowd.

September 2019