On Wednesday, Madison, Wisconsin made headlines as Bernie Sanders dropped by for a quick meet up with 10,000 of his closest friends. While campaign rallies aren’t anything special in the scope of an election season, Sanders’s rally in particular went down in history as one of the most unexpectedly largest in American history. And for good reason.
“This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders, it is not about Hillary Clinton, it is not about anybody else–it is about you,” began Sanders. “It is about putting together a grassroots movement of millions and millions of people who will stand together and make it clear that we need fundamental changes in the economics and politics of this country so the government works for all of us and not a handful of wealthy campaign contributors.”
Sanders lit up the Alliant Energy Center, which was packed to the brim, with his passionate speech that focused primarily on the economy, although it touched briefly on climate change, women’s rights, and same-sex marriage as well. Though the speech lasted nearly an hour, he did not waste any time, and was direct from the start about the purpose of his presence:”What this campaign is about,” he stated, “is creating a political revolution in America.”
Listen to the other highlights of his speech, captured by ReadCONTRA’s Negassi Tesfamichael, and keep an eye out for more of our exclusive coverage of the event, coming soon.
(Title image via Negassi Tesfamichael).