Speaking to more 2,300 supporters in downtown Lincoln, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders highlighted the differences between him and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sanders says the biggest one is that he can do a better job beating leading GOP contender Donald Trump.
“Secretary Clinton was beating Trump by eight points (according to a recent poll). That’s good. We were beating him by 12 points, nationally,” Sanders told the cheering crowd. “And most of the national polls – not all, not all, but most of the national polls – have us defeating Trump, often by big numbers, and doing much better than Hillary Clinton.”
Sanders began his hour-long talk by touting his opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
“If you believe in climate change, why on God’s Earth would you think about supporting the excavation and transportation of some of the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world?” Sanders asked. “That’s kind of a no-brainer. The answer is no.”
Only taking small donations from “regular people” and not raising money through a super PAC is another difference, Sanders says, between him and Clinton. He again asked her to release transcripts of speeches she was paid to give for Wall Street firms.
Sanders also focused on what he would do as president for “working Americans.”
“In America, if you work 40 hours a week, you should not live in poverty,” Sanders says. “It doesn’t seem all that radical to me, and that is why we have got to understand that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage.”
He says addressing the nation’s aging infrastructure, which he says would cost about $1 trillion, is the best way to create jobs for millions of Americans.
Sanders says more than two-million Americans are in prison, which costs about 80-billion dollars a year. He wants to shift that money into prevention.
“When I see communities where 40-50% of the kids have no jobs. They’re hanging out on street corners. What we are going to do as a nation is invest in education and jobs, not jails, not incarceration.”
The rally ended with Sanders asking supporters to help get a large turnout for Saturday’s Democratic caucus.
AUDIO: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ speech in Lincoln. [1 hour]