KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Days before Democrat leaders hope their support base will head to the polls, Bernie Sanders was on campus at Western Michigan University to encourage students to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The Vermont senator has become a beloved character since his failed primary bid for the democratic nomination. After his loss he put his weight behind Clinton.
He received a warm welcome from students who shouted his name at times. Many of them said they were originally behind Sanders but will now vote for Clinton.
Sanders hit on his signature talking points — free college, corporate greed and equality. He also took several swipes at Republican nominee for president Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is doing everything he can to intimidate voters,” Sanders said. “If we want to protect the American democracy, the choice is clear.”
The biggest reaction from the crowd came when Sanders spoke about equality for women and emphasized that men should stand up for that too.
Sanders has unmistakable celebrity status among the collegiate class and may be among Hillary Clinton’s most powerful assets in getting that segment to the polls.
“If we don’t get our act together, your generation will have a standard of living lower than your parents,” Sanders said.
Among the biggest struggles for Democrats is often getting their base out to the polls. It was clearly Sanders’ mission to change that.