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Sanders stirs up backers with fiery Asheville speech
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 11:52

From Staff Reports

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders fired up a gathering of his supporters during a midday rally May 17 at Salvage Station, a riverfront event space in Asheville’s River Arts District.

The Democrat presidential candidate addressed more than 2,000 people, castigating what he termed the hypocrisy of Republicans, while declaring his campaign to be one of love and optimism.

His Asheville speech marked his first public appearance in the state for his 2020 presidential bid. Asheville also was the first stop on his recent campaign swing through the Southeast. 

He is also the first Democratic candidate for president to visit the mountains during this campaign.

“Now, I was told coming to North Carolina wouldn’t make much sense. It was a Republican state. Doesn’t look like that today,” Sanders said, according to Asheville’s television station WLOS News 13.

“Salvage Station owner Danny McClinton said the initial maximum capacity was placed at 2,000 people but an approved amendment allowed the venue to increase that number to 3,500. He said more than 3,300 people were in attendance,” WLOS reported

“Western North Carolina is a place that has served Sanders well. He won the 2016 presidential primary, defeating Hillary Clinton with 62 percent of the vote. She earned 35 percent. Of the 80 precincts that make up Bucombe County, he won all but three, losing by 12, 21 and 53 votes in those contests,” WLOS noted.

The Vermont senator, who is officially an independent but caucuses with Democrats, called President Donald J. Trump the most dangerous president in modern history.

Sanders’ own campaign opposes what he called ugly anti-U.S. sentiments, such as racism and sexism, he said, as he explained how his administration will be based on the principle of justice for all.

Sanders criticized recent anti-abortion efforts by Republican legislatures in Georgia and Alabama, who, he contended, are “denying women the right to control their bodies.”





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