Bernie Sanders does some last-minute campaigning in MN before caucuses


Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally at the Minneapolis Convention Center Monday morning, looking to gain support from Minnesotans right before Super Tuesday caucusing.

"My request to you is this: Let us make history tomorrow," Sanders told the Minneapolis crowd, according to the Pioneer Press. "We can win, no question, right here in Minnesota, if we have the turnout."

Sanders asked rally attendees to "think outside the box" and pitched many of his major campaign themes – free college tuition, increased Social Security payments, major campaign finance overhaul, Medicare for all, and a $15 minimum wage.

But The Hill repors he also weighed in on two divisive oil pipeline projects.

Sanders said he would not approve Enbridge's Sandpiper oil pipeline – a long gestating, oft-delayed proposal that would carry crude from North Dakota through Minnesota – project if emissions from it would add to climate change. He said the same of the Alberta Clipper pipeline, which currently runs from just outside Edmonton, southeast through northern Minnesota, eventually ending in Superior, Wisconsin. Changes to that pipeline were being fought over in U.S. court last fall.

Sanders will also visit Massachusetts Monday night, reports USA Today.

It's Sanders' fifth time campaigning in Minnesota this year. He spoke in Rochester on Saturday, at Hibbing High School on Friday, and to crowds in Duluth and St. Paul in January. He also spoke at a Black America Community Forum in Minneapolis before attending a DFL fundraiser with Hilary Clinton in downtown St. Paul earlier this month.

Star Tribune poll released last month asked Democrats in the state who they would prefer to see win the nomination. Former Secretary of State Clinton was ahead of the Vermont Senator Sanders, 59 percent to 25 percent (with a margin of error of 5.7 percent).

Clinton's Minnesota push

Clinton's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, made stops in Minnesota Sunday and Monday in support of her mother.

First it was an event in Minnetonka, followed by a similar event in South St. Paul. She then headed to Rochester for a Women for Hillary party.

On Monday, Chelsea Clinton jaunted up to Duluth for a campaign organizing event, followed by a Women for Hillary party. Gov. Mark Dayton was in attendance, according to Chelsea Clinton's Twitter.

Sanders' Minnesota Strategy

Politico has detailed how Sanders put a lot of muscle into wooing Minnesota voters ahead of the caucuses – a state "long accustomed to being a presidential primary season also-ran," the story says.

The Sanders campaign sees the state's voter demographics (namely, progressive and predominantly white) as "perfect" for his message. They also believe winning Minnesota (and other northern states) can counter expected wins for Clinton in the south, Politico says.

Sanders recently said it was the enthusiastic reception he received in Minnesota last spring that made him realize his presidential chances were realistic.

Marco Rubio up tomorrow

Marco Rubio will be rallying in Minnesota Tuesday, ahead of that night's caucuses.

The rally will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Courtyards of Andover Events Center on Martin Street Northwest in Andover. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, but you must RSVP if you want to go. (Click here for more information and to RSVP.)

This will be Rubio’s second stop in Minnesota in a week. He rallied supporters in Minneapolis last Tuesday.

His recent visits may be because he’s looking for an “outright win” on Super Tuesday to avoid being swept in other states, Politico says, noting Minnesota will be a “true wildcard.”

The most recent poll shows Rubio leading by two points in Minnesota, while Donald Trump is ahead in other Super Tuesday states, NBC News says.

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