Thousands come out to hear presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speak in MN


Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was in the Minneapolis Sunday, and thousands of people turned out to the event where he addressed income inequality and the need for political reform in Washington.

The Minneapolis American Indian Center was packed and people gathered outside to listen to what the Vermont Senator had to say during his roughly 45-minute speech.

Sanders, who has been an independent politician since 1979, will likely try to pull support from democrats who are "disillusioned with the Clintons," WCCO says. He's also been described as the “liberal-left alternative" to Hillary Clinton, the favorite to secure the Democratic nomination for 2016, the Star Tribune noted.

At the town hall meeting Sunday, Sanders outlined the issues most important to his campaign, including income inequality, reforming politics and addressing climate change.

His proposals to make college more affordable, raise the minimum wage and give wealth back to working families drew cheers and applause from the roughly 4,000 people who attended the event.

Sanders also called for universal preschool in the United States, something Gov. Mark Dayton had pushed heavily throughout the most recent legislative session, the Star Tribune says.

Watch the entire town hall meeting here.

Addressing the overflow crowd in Minneapolis. #MN

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 31, 2015

Before Sunday's town hall meeting in Minneapolis, Sanders appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press," where he called for debates to begin as early as July. He also discussed the Patriot Act and a controversial essay he had written. Watch the interview:

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