By Declaration Staff
“I’m feelin’ the Bern. I had to walk six blocks to get here. My hamstrings are killing me,” commented one woman outside the Apr. 6 rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Temple University. The line to attend the rally, which took place at the university’s Liacouras Center, circled the block on which it occurred.
Sanders advocated for free public education, universal single-payer health insurance, a new tax on financial speculation, youth employment and legislation that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act during his speech.
He also caused a controversy by saying of his opponent Hillary Clinton that “I don’t believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds.”
Both campaigns then engaged in a debate over whether Clinton had previously called Sanders unqualified, with Clinton’s press secretary tweeting that “Hillary Clinton did not say Bernie Sanders was ‘not qualified.’ But he has now – absurdly – said it about her. This is a new low.”
“Anyone who thinks Sanders can’t win Pennsylvania is delusional,” according to John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania and a current candidate for the U.S. Senate. “He’s got the juice to do it.”
A member of the Philadelphia Police Department, apparently tasked with wrapping spools of yellow tape around several trees and telephone polls near the Center, declined to provide the Declaration comment regarding Sanders’ promise to end mass incarceration.
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