Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaking to thousands of Hoosiers on Monument Circle Monday about America’s need for an immigration reform. By Jasmine Otam, TheStatehouseFile.com
By Jasmine Otam
INDIANAPOLIS — The hopes that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will nab the Democratic nomination for president are growing dim, but he continues to try to inspire voters with his ideas and beliefs.
Thousands gathered at Monument Circle Monday night to hear him speak.
“Hey Indianapolis, you ready for a political revolution?” asked Sanders moments after stepping to the podium.
Sanders lost four of last week’s five primaries on the East Coast. A win in Indiana could help the senator from Vermont regain some traction.
His campaign has found significant support among young adults. Sanders said in multiple primary elections and caucuses, he has won because of the youth vote.
“Our ideas are the future of America,” said Sanders.
Making public university tuition free is a key point in Sanders’ campaign.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaking to thousands of Hoosiers on Monument Circle Monday. By Jasmine Otam, TheStatehouseFile.com
“We should be encouraging people to get an education, rewarding people—not punishing people because they went out and did the right thing,” said Sanders as the crowd erupted with applause.
He continued to excite the crowd when he began talking raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“In the United States of America, if you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty,” he said.
Sanders also spoke about increasing Social Security and fixing infrastructure nationwide that, he argued, would lead to creating more than 13 million good paying jobs.
Those in attendance at Monday’s rally ranged in all aspects of diversity, and Sanders spoke to each group, explaining what he plans to do if elected.
“Let us see Indiana help lead this country into the political revolution,” finished Sanders.
Jasmine Otam is a reporter for TheStatehoueFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.