Bernie Sanders makes campaign stop in Amherst

The Massachusetts primary is March 1st

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was on the campaign trail in western Massachusetts Saturday.

Hundreds stood in line outside the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst, to catch a glimpse of the Vermont senator and hear his speech. Sanders first addressed the crowds outside. “The bottom line of this campaign is to ask the American people to think big, not small.”

It was Sanders’ second visit to Western Massachusetts in the past three months.

Sanders touted grassroots funding, with contributions from over two and a half million people in 2015. He raised over $33 million in the last three months.

Yet, Hillary Clinton remains the Democratic presidential frontrunner in most polls; she raised $37 million for her primary campaign in the last three months.

22News asked Sanders supporters about that gap. Lily Uttecht from West Springfield said, “I mean, if you just try and you get out there, then I think we can do it.”22-sanders-umass4

Sanders told supporters at the rally, “Together, we are going to revitalize American democracy, and create a government that represents all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.”

But not everyone in attendance was in support of Bernie’s views. One Donald Trump supporter interrupted Sanders during his speech. The heckler was quickly ushered away, and it only fueled the enthusiasm of the crowd for a speech that lasted an hour and a half.

Still, voters say there’s time to make a decision.

Jeremy Blankfein of Amherst said, “The first caucus hasn’t even happened yet, and then you see the Iowa caucus every year. The first person who wins that never wins anyway.”

The Massachusetts primary is March 1st.22-sanders-umass

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