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Bernie Sanders continues to gain support



Hey folks! It’s been some time since I’ve written and I’m ready to jump in this year’s column with the Presidential Campaign. Hopefully you readers out there have yet to be exhausted on this topic, because it has only just begun.

Last week the two main democratic nominees visited Western Mass and, though they are running for the same spot on the ballot, each event was phenomenally different.

Hilary Clinton, former Secretary of State, came to Holyoke on Thursday, hosting “A conversation with Hillary” at the Delaney House.  Clinton’s appearance was hosted by the mayor of Holyoke, Alex Morse, as a fundraising event. Tickets started at $500 and for the chance to take a picture with the democratic nominee front-runner, tickets could be purchased for $2,700.

So far Clinton has managed to raise $28 million for her long anticipated presidential campaign in just the last 3 months.  Her platform has focused mainly on supporting the middle class and small business owners, ending the wage gap for women, and ending substance abuse, among other things.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse told 22News, “The fact that Secretary Clinton continues to talk about Opioid abuse and drug addiction. We need to tackle those issues here in Holyoke and in western Mass and frankly all across Massachusetts.”

Some locals gathered outside the event in hopes to see Clinton, but because of high security, none had the opportunity.

Clinton won the majority of Massachusetts voters over President Barrack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary.

Vermont Sen. (I) Bernie Sanders held an event at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield where he drew a crowd of over 2,000 people.  The event was free, unlike Clinton’s appearance. Sanders focused on restoring the middle class and ending the wage gap for women, like his competitor Clinton.

Sanders also said that it would be necessary to have a ‘political revolution’ in order to take the greed out of our capitalistic economy. He also discussed ideas on health care as a right and not a privilege, education, raising minimum wage, and taking money out of political campaigns.

“There was a lot of energy there, and the crowd was so diverse in age groups. He’s [Sanders] a big advocate for grass roots campaigns being ignited in all communities to create change in the political system, which is such a hopeful and inspiring message to people who are really feeling the burden from the ways in which these policies effect their lives and even to all who feel their voice doesn’t matter, “ said Meghan Fish, a senior at UMASS Amherst studying Communications and Political Science.

The Boston Globe reported that 20,000 people came to see Bernie Sanders in Boston on Saturday. Sanders’s presidential campaign crowd was the largest in modern history in MA, but still only his third largest crowd of the campaign. In 2007 when President Obama held an event in Boston, he had only half the amount of people Sanders had.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has yet to make an endorsement, and some political analysts say it could sway which candidate wins over the Democrats in Massachusetts. Rumors of Warren joining Sanders as running-mate have been circulating since the summer.

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