Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in Pittsburgh on Thursday morning, the first candidate to stop in Western Pennsylvania ahead of the April 26 primary election.
Thousands of people were at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to see the Vermont Senator address the crowd. A large number of those in attendance were college-age students, and young adults in their 20’s.
The large crowed cheered Sanders as he took the stage to talk about the key issues he is campaigning for, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, equal pay between men and women, the high price of prescription drugs and accessible healthcare to everyone in America, women’s contraception, corporate greed, and lowering student debt.
“I think he appeals to us in a way that no other politician has since Kennedy,” supporter Sean Campbell said.
Others said they like where Sanders stands on social issues. “I like where he is not owned by billionaires,” added Bobby Tramontina, a young man at the rally.
James Scharer said he has been following Bernie’s campaign since the beginning. “I like how he’s always been on the right side of history. Like looking back with Bernie Sanders, he was arrested during the Civil Rights movement… For supporting civil rights. And he’s, if you look at his track record, he’s always been on the right side of history. He’s someone we can push forward with,” he said.
Sanders also mentioned how his campaign is listening to the working class and minority groups in the country. He spoke to the crowd for nearly an hour before exiting to a loud round of applause.
Pennsylvania’s primary will be held April 26, while West Virginia’s is held on May 10.