Former Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, vowed to “turn Nebraska blue” during a rally last night in Omaha’s Baxter Arena.
Sanders told the crowd of 6,000 the leadership in Nebraska is all Republican, specifically calling out the senators, congressman and governor. Sanders says the Unicameral also leans to the right.
Sanders says, “While you have a legislature which is technically non-partisan, I think you all know that if they declared their allegiance, they would be Republican as well.”
The Vermont senator says he’s promoting next-generation Democrats as the Democratic Party searches for a path back from being the minority.
“The way we defeat money and power is by putting together a strong grassroots coalition,” Sanders says. “The country is now looking at Omaha, Nebraska as the first step in that effort.”
Sanders spoke for 45 about minutes, rallying against Republicans having dominant control in Nebraska and in the country.
He says, “I do not believe that in Nebraska people are happy about seeing the Republican leadership working overtime, figuring out ways they can cut Social Security, cut Medicare, cut Medicaid and give enormous tax breaks to people who don’t need it.”
Sanders attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year and is now using that popularity to headline the “Come Together, Fight Back, Vote Democrat” rallies.
Reporting and photos by Carli Luca, KLIN, Lincoln