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More than 2,000 expected at presidential hopeful Sanders' visit to MN

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A Vermont senator's presidential campaign will roll into Minneapolis Sunday.

More than 2,400 people have signed up to hear Bernie Sanders address the Minneapolis American Indian Center on East Franklin Avenue on Sunday morning as part of the veteran politician's launch tour.

Sanders has thrown his hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination in next year's elections.

According to the meeting ad, the 73 year old will discuss his plans to "get big money out of politics," and will touch on dealing with income inequality, combating climate change and making college education affordable.

The Star Tribune reports Sanders – formerly mayor of Burlington, Vermont �� is seeking to be a "liberal-left alternative" to Hillary Clinton, the favorite to secure the Democratic nomination for 2016.

According to MPR, the senator, who runs his office in Vermont as an independent, thinks that Clinton's wealth could possibly alienate working-class Democratic voters.

Even though his insurgent campaign faces an uphill battle to overhaul the former secretary of state and first lady, Sanders' public appearances are attracting big numbers.

USA Today reports that in his first visit to Iowa since announcing his run in the Democratic presidential primary, some 750 people turned out for a speech where only 300 were expected.

But the newspaper reports just 16 percent of the Democratic caucus in Iowa – the first state to hold a primary – are currently expected to vote for Sanders, with 60 percent backing Clinton.

Last month, Wisconsin governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker paid a visit to the Twin Cities, though a possible presidential run was reportedly not discussed in his meeting with Minnesota's Republican lawmakers.

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