BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders campaigned at Indiana University Wednesday night. He held a rally in the campus auditorium, which was filled to capacity, with more than 3,000 audience members. Thousands more of the senator’s supporters were turned away because there wasn’t enough room inside.
Clearly, Sanders message is resonating with a college aged crowd, but will it be enough to help him come back from a big delegate deficit against Hillary Clinton?
“I think we have a real shot to win here and I think the reason, the way we do it is to get the word out that it is important that people come out to vote. We win in elections where the turnout is high, we lose where the turnout is low,” Sanders told reporter, James Gherardi in a one on one interview.
Thousands of IU students came to hear the Vermont Senator speak Wednesday night on the heels of a tough loss to his opponent Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, Sanders lost in four eastern state primaries to Clinton.
We asked him what it is about his message that’s resonating with younger voters.
“Well I think it’s a question of idealism. Young people by definition are idealistic. They want to see this country do a lot better than we are, but it’s also very personal. Many of these young people will leave school $30-50-70,000 in debt,” he said.
Indiana is proving critical in the final stretch in the fight for the nomination. Sanders said he knows the formula that can produce a win for him in the Hoosier State.
“When working people come out and young people come out and people demand to go beyond establishment politics and economics, when they express their views, it is unacceptable that people are working longer hours for low wages, almost all the new income and wealth is going to the top 1% when we see that type of dynamic we win and I think we can do that here in Indiana,” said Sanders.
We also asked the Senator about recent news that he’d begun to make major layoffs in his campaign, following the loss in four state primaries.
“It means that we’re finished with 80% of the states in this country. We’re down to the last ten, we don’t need staff in Connecticut, Delaware, or New York State anymore, we’re going to focus our resources in the remaining ten states,” he said.
A recent FOX News poll has Hillary Clinton ahead of Bernie Sanders by just four percentage points in Indiana; that’s within the margin of error. Sanders said regardless of delegate count, he is remaining committed to this race till the last vote is counted.