Sen. Bernie Sanders Rallies In Phoenix Following Super Tuesday Setback

By Ben Giles
Published: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 11:27pm
Updated: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:02pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Phoenix
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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Phoenix on March 5, 2020.

After a Super Tuesday setback, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hit the road again, this time for Phoenix.

The presidential hopeful held a rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night.

Bernie Sanders spent the past week watching most of his remaining opponents in the Democratic presidential primary drop out of the race and endorse former Vice President Joe Biden.

Now Sanders is hoping to get his own boost.

Early Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race.

And while she didn’t immediately endorse anyone, Sanders was quick to make an appeal.

"Tonight we invite Sen. Warren’s supporters into our campaign. Because I think they will find many of the issues Sen. Warren campaigned on are exactly the issues we are fighting for," said Sanders.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is known for his younger supporters, and they didn’t disappoint at the Phoenix rally where thousands attended.

Young voters like Megan Randall have been fans since Sanders first ran for president in 2016.

Four years later, Sanders still has Randall excited at the prospect of a presidential nomination, but also his impact on Arizona.

Perhaps Sanders could help Arizona turn blue.

"I think so, and I think the Latino vote here is gonna help him a lot. Like he got California Latinos to come out and I think he has a chance of doing that in this state," said Randall.

Ronda and Steve Emmirich are older than most in a crowd of supporters that were at the Arizona Fairgrounds waiting for a chance to see Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Steve Emmirich said it’ll be important for the Democratic nominee to inspire young voters, and believes Bernie is the only candidate left who can.

Steve and Ronda Emmirich
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Steve and Ronda Emmirich.

"You’re not going to find that following Biden, that’s for sure. He can barely stay awake past eight. You know, it is what it is. Bernie has positions, he’s got policies, and Biden just wants to put everything back to how it was during the Obama days," said Steve Emmirich.

Now alone in the race against Biden, Sanders seemed to relish the chance at a one-on-one campaign to earn a place as the Democratic frontrunner.

"When you have two candidates, unlike when you have 18 candidates, it is possible to really contrast the views of the candidates. And that’s what I’m gonna do," said Sanders,

Arizona Democrats will get to vote for their presidential nominee on March 17.

Katherine Garcia
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Katherine Garcia.

Katherine Garcia is 19 years old and a graduate of Coolidge High School. She has been out canvassing for Sanders as she hopes he’ll claim the Democratic nomination for president. Garcia joined The Show to talk about her involvement.

 Signs on seats before Sen. Bernie Sanders
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Signs on seats before Sen. Bernie Sanders' rally in Phoenix on March 5, 2020.

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