Bernie Sanders visits the St. Louis region ahead of state primary

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Daniel Rottlaender | LUTV
March 8, 2016 3:17 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Friday, March 4 in order to push his campaign before the Missouri and Illinois primaries on March 15.

Audience before Sanders took the stage.
Sanders supporters wait for the Democratic candidate to take the stage at SIUE.
Photo by Daniel Rottlaender

Approximately 4000 people attended this event for the Vermont Senator, who has attracted record-breaking crowds all over his campaign.

Vermont native and Washington University law student Rebecca Schiesser explains why she supports Bernie Sanders.

“He has been my senator and congressman for a long time and I think Bernie Sanders has done a great job representing Vermonters in the Senate as an independent,” Schiesser said.

After being introduced by several speakers, Sanders took the stage to emphasize the importance of a higher minimum wage, tuition-free colleges, equal pay, and a new campaign finance system.

Even though Sanders’ ideas bring harsh criticism from Republicans and moderate Democrats, middle-class workers such as U.S. Steel Representative Scott Wolfe are inspired by the independent senator from Vermont.

Sanders speaking at SIUE.
Bernie Sanders excites the crowd while speaking at SIUE before Super Tuesday 2.0.
Photo by Daniel Rottlaender

“Bernie Sanders is for the middle-class, the working-class. He’s not for the Wall Street bankers who already have too much money,” Wolfe said.

After winning three out of four primaries over the weekend, Sanders looks into closing the gap between him and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on Super Tuesday 2.0.

Besides Missouri and Illinois, voters in Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina are heading to the voting polls. A total of 288 delegates are at stake on the Democratic side.