Bernie Sanders brought an estimated 1,000 people to the Woodbury School in Salem for a campaign rally Sunday evening. The Vermont U.S. Senator, who has drawn attention for large crowds at some of his campaign events, noted that supporters filled not only the school gymnasium but an overflow room as well.
Speaking for over an hour, Sanders outlined the main themes of his campaign, deriding a growth in American income inequality, calling for an overhaul of the campaign finance system and pushing for policies he says will help low- and middle-income Americans, such as raising the federal minimum wage over several years to $15 an hour, offering workers up to three months paid family leave and offering tuition-free education at public colleges.
Sanders also spoke in favor of the deal over Iran’s nuclear program. “I can’t guarantee you it’ll work, or that we can trust Iran," he said. “But this I do believe. A great nation like ours has got to do everything it can to resolve a national conflict without going to war. War should be the last resort.”
Sanders brings his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to the North Country Monday. He's set to hold events in Berlin, Littleton and Conway.
Another Democratic candidate, Martin O’Malley, will campaign in the state Wednesday.