The Coastal Packet: Sanders pulls them in Portland

Monday, July 6

Sanders pulls them in Portland

Press Herald - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont made his populist presidential pitch to an energized crowd of thousands in Portland on Monday night, pledging to fight for universal health care, free college tuition and a “living wage,” and against what he sees as the corruptive influence of big-money on American politics.

Although exact figures were not yet available, the staff at Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena estimated the crowd at 7,000 to 8,000 – or more – for an event originally planned as more of a town hall-style forum than a rally. Organizers delayed the start of the 7 p.m. event because so many people were still lined up down the block outside the arena.

(Later crowd estimate: 7500)

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