Bernie Sanders addresses crowd in Flagstaff

Posted at 8:32 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 03:09:05-04

Vermont Senator Bernie Sandersis painting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as part of the billionaire class running our economy and political system with more concern about their own profits than your well-being. 

Sanders who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton filled a 900-seat auditorium on the Northern Arizona University campus. Hundreds of students also listened on loudspeakers outside.

"I am here to see Bernie Sanders to celebrate liberalism and, I guess, to oppose the fascist Donald Trump," Willy Andrews said before the speech.

Sanders questioned Trump's ethics. He said how Trump treats women makes him unqualified for the presidency. Sanders also takes issue with federal tax bills for Trump and other business moguls.

"As a result of their campaign contributions and their lobbyists, we have a corrupt tax system," Sanders said.

Sanders tried to convince the audience that Trump would not do as much as Clinton to help the working class. 

"If you are making 9 or 10 dollars an hour, you ask your candidate why he doesn't have the guts to support raising the minimum wage to a living wage," Sanders said.

Sanders' visit to Flagstaff and Tucson was part of a week-long push by the Clinton campaign to win Arizona on November 8. She would be the first Democrat to do so since her husband, Bill, won in 1996. Clinton campaign workers passed clipboards to attendees asking them to sign up to volunteer for get-out-the-vote efforts.

"I'm kind of ambivalent towards Hillary, but I think it would be good to have a female president and get that representation in office," said voter Sarah Kline.

Sanders tried to convince lukewarm voters to commit to Clinton. He repeatedly spoke of their shared vision on key issues.

"What Secretary Clinton and I agreed upon is a proposal that public colleges and universities in the United States of America will be tuition-free for all families in the middle class," Sanders said.