U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign stopped in Oklahoma to rally Feb. 28 at the Cox Convention Center downtown.
Thousands of people attended Sanders’ event, which provided a stimulating rally full of creative signs, live performances and even a paper mache Bernie Sanders mask.
Horse Thief, a band native to Oklahoma, performed and Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne took the stage to support Sanders prior to his speech.
“Oklahoma has a long way to go when it comes to picking our leaders, but I think Bernie will help us with that,” Coyne said. “Secretly, we are all here to change Oklahoma, too.”
Talk of higher minimum wages, benefits for working families and his plan to defeat Wall Street’s advantage on Congress were part of the rallies’ agenda that left many Oklahomans ready to take action Super Tuesday.
“I am really excited for the politics in America to change,” attendee Faye Miller said. “I like the idea that it is the people that are voting instead of the corporations.”
Affordable education and healthcare are just a few of the promises Sanders made that has captured the attention of millennials all over the country. According to Sanders, public colleges and universities should be tuition-free, making higher education more accessible to those who cannot afford it.
Sanders also discussed veterans’ health care and minority rights.
“If you put your life on the line for this country, you are going to get the best health care.” Sanders said.
Sanders’ stated that according to some recent polls, he is ahead of Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Although Republican opponent Donald Trump supporters say his campaign prides itself in being blunt, Sanders thinks his one-up is integrity.
“We are doing something very unusual, we are telling the truth,” Sanders said during the rally.
“Bigotry is not ‘telling it like it is.’ ” he said.
Will and April Burgess, and their two sons, were among those in the crowd. When asked why they supported Sanders, they said they are thinking about the future.
“Affordable health care and affordable education for my kids when they’re older,” April Burgess said. “It’s not just about us right now. Think about the future generations.”
Taking another dig at Trump’s campaign, Sanders targeted the Republican candidate’s belief that climate change is a hoax, promising his supporters that as elected president he will work together with other countries to make environmentally conscientious goals.
Sanders ended his rally by stating nothing would make him happier than to defeat Trump in the general election.
“We will win because bringing people together ‘Trumps’ divisiveness,” he concluded.
In the Democratic race Super Tuesday, Sanders won four of 11 states conducting their primaries, including Oklahoma. Four days later, on Super Saturday, Sanders won two of the three states. At the time of press, he trailed Clinton in the delegate count with 499 to her 1,134 delegates. There are 2,383 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.