Campaign 2016 made a pit stop in the St. Louis-area Friday as Senator Bernie Sanders held a rally on the campus of SIUE and addressed many issues that resonated with college age voters.
"Here's a radical idea," Sanders said, "education and jobs, not more incarceration!"
When News 4 had a one-on-one interview with the candidate, he had this to say on how he would pay for that:
"Often I am asked that question, but you know what question I am not asked it's how over the last 30 years was there a massive transfer of wealth that went from the middle class to the top on tenth percent how did that happen?"
During his speech, Sanders also spoke on crushing student loan debt and a living minimum while criticizing the current campaign finance system and putting too much power in the hands of the very rich.
He also touched on who should be voting.
"If you are 18-years-old and a citizen, you should automatically be registered to vote. Period," Sanders said.
The Senator’s visit proves how important he believes the region is in his hopes of getting to the White House. Missouri and Illinois hold their primaries on March 15th alongside three other states.
Also at the one-on-one interview, News 4 asked him why voters should turn to him?
"I've worked with Republicans for many years," Sanders said. "The most significant piece of veterans legislation was written by me working with people like John McCain and others. So I have a history of working with Republicans."
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