San Diego Feels the Bern

Iman Benraoui, Staff-Writer

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to over 12,000 people at the San Diego Convention Center who were in attendance of his campaign on March 22, 2016.

A very diverse crowd of San Diegans were lined up outside of the Convention Center as early as 1 p.m. even though Sanders didn’t take the stage until about 8:30 p.m. Some enthusiastic supporters who were in the front of the line said they had been camped there since the early morning.

Sanders’ supporters ranged from immigrants and college students to veterans and the elderly. There was even a vast crowd of young high schoolers who were eager to be there with their parents or older siblings. A handful of volunteers were also in attendance that eagerly support Sanders although they cannot vote because they are not U.S. citizens.

Those cheering for Bernie showed endless amounts of support by coming prepared with custom apparel, signs, face paint and even a huge bobble head that people were taking pictures with. He received endless uproars from the crowd on several issues he addressed at his rally including immigration, police brutality, and the billionaires of corporate America.

One of the biggest issues that seemed to get a lot of response was the proposal to make college tuition free and debt free. This was probably due to the fact that a large portion of the crowd seemed to be college students who might be drawn to Sanders for this main issue.

Frederike Vogel, a 19 year old German immigrant said that she supports Bernie because, “he is the most reasonable choice in this campaign. He gives the younger crowd attention that they haven’t really received before”. And many would agree with this.

This presidential race has really shifted into giving more attention to the younger crowd than ever before.

Sierra Hudson, a student at San Diego Mesa College, was at the campaign with a volunteer group but was suggestive of starting a club on campus that would bring together the Democratic demographic of students at Mesa. She says she’s voting for Bernie Sanders because, “I not only want a better future for myself, but also for everyone else and future generations. My experience with joining Sanders and the political revolution has connected me with so many amazing people. If you attend any events, phone banks, or meetings, you can just feel the love and compassion we all have for eachother. Also he has not only united people in America but people from all over the world.”

 

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