Sanders Declares Wisconsin Primary Victory at Laramie Rally [VIDEO]
U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders declared victory in the Wisconsin Democratic primary in front of a crowd of nearly 2,000 Tuesday night in Laramie.
“With our victory tonight in Wisconsin, we have now won seven out of eight of the last caucuses,” said Sanders. “And we have won almost all of them with overwhelming, landslide numbers.”
Fox News, CNN, NBC and others projected Sanders to win Wisconsin’s Democratic primary, and the Associated Press reported Sanders leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by a nearly 13-point margin, taking 45 delegates to Clinton’s 31, with 59 percent of precincts reporting shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Sanders referred to the recently-published Panama Papers in reiterating his opposition to the free trade agreement with Panama. Sanders said the leak from Mossack Fonseca highlights exactly what he feared would happen when he raised the issue on the floor of the Senate.
“And that is wealthy people and large corporations figuring out ways to avoid paying their fair share of taxes,” said Sanders.
Sanders discussed issues such as the Iraq war, free college for all Americans, and the U.S. incarceration rate. Sanders said the Affordable Care Act was a major accomplishment, but he believes more can be done to provide healthcare.
“There are women giving birth in Wyoming and Wisconsin and Vermont today, but they’re going to have to go back to work in two or three weeks because they don’t have the income to take care of their family,” said Sanders. “Which is why, together, we are going to pass three months paid family and medical leave.”
Sanders said he has the poll numbers to beat Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the general election, and described the momentum his campaign has gained since it began 11 months ago.
“What momentum is about is that at a time in contemporary politics when every major candidate has a super PAC, we have said no to super PACs, said no to the billionaires who fund those super PACs,” said Sanders, citing over 6 million individual contributions to his campaign averaging $27 each.
“I think the people of this country are tired of establishment politics and establishment economics,” said Sanders. “And if you ignore what you hear on corporate media, the facts are pretty clear: we have a path toward victory, a path toward the White House.”
Sanders called for a record-breaking turnout at Wyoming’s Democratic caucuses Saturday, saying he wins when more voters go to the polls.
“Let us hear Wyoming Democrats making it clear that this great part state is part of a political revolution,” said Sanders.