15,000 in #Seattle -- 28,000 in #Portland -- and this crowd of 27,500 in #LA. We're six months away from the Democratic primary elections, still waiting for a debate with Hillary Clinton.
Aug. 10, 2015 -- U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing crowds that are five times bigger than any other presidential candidate. He also picked up his first national union endorsement today from the National Nurses United that represents 185,000 members, 90% of them women.
At the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, he was introduced by comedian-actress Sarah Silverman, who said, "I give to you, If we're very smart and a little big lucky, the next president of the United States" The crowd roared with approval.
The rallies provided new hard evidence of a Sanders surge. "This is a campaign that is on the move," Sanders told the crowd, "and, together, this is a campaign that will end in victory."
Sanders congratulated the city of Los Angeles for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He has a Senate bill to put the federal hourly minimum wage at $15 by 2020. The crowd applauded his call for a massive road and bridge project to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure and create 13 million good-paying jobs.
But the biggest cheers of the night were for tuition-free public colleges and universities, something the University of California system once offered to qualified students.
"The reason why we are doing well in this campaign," he said, "is because we are telling the truth. We are talking to the reality of American life today. We are talking about a reality in which almost all of the wealth and income in this country is going to the top 1 percent. We are talking about the United States having more wealth and income inequality than any other major country on earth and we are going to change that."
Earlier in the day, RoseAnn DeMoro, executive officer for Nurses United, announced the national endorsement of Bernie Sanders for president.
"Bernie Sanders has a proven track record of un-compromised activism and advocacy for working people, and a message that resonates with nurses, and, as we have all seen, tens of thousands of people across the country,” said she said.“He can talk about our issues as well as we can talk about our issues. We are proud to stand with him in his candidacy for president today.”
#WeStandTogether #FeelTheBern #EnoughIsEnough #Nurses4Bernie The People for Bernie Sanders.