HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — We’ve seen our share of presidential candidates campaigning here in Connecticut, four of the five have made stops in the Constitution State. On Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders held his second Connecticut rally.
Sen. Sanders was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and made is political career in Vermont, putting Hartford around halfway in between, and that is where Sanders is holding his latest campaign event.
He was certainly greeted like an old friend in New Haven Sunday night, with a big crowd on the Green. In the craziness that is the 2016 election, it’s the oldest candidate that has excited the youngest voters, and New Haven is a college town with plenty of young voters.
The Senator is appealing to them with a platform he calls ‘Democratic Socialism.’ That involves fighting against the wage gap, promising to raise low wages, and lower big corporate salaries. Every chance he gets, he reminds voters that his campaign is the one not taking money from Wall Street and big business, “This campaign does not have a super PAC going to Wall Street, going to the drug companies, asking them to fund our campaign,” said Sen. Sanders.
Certainly helping that message is the fact that Charles Koch, one half of the famous billionaire Koch brothers, who usually support Republicans, came out Sunday and said he might support Hillary Clinton.
Clinton certainly has a big lead over Sanders in the race for convention delegates. There are about 460 delegates up for grabs in five Democratic primaries Tuesday. After tomorrow, the only big primary left is California in June. The Sanders campaign expected somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 people in Hartford Monday morning.