'Bern felt' at Sanders rally in Phoenix

Posted at 10:34 PM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 02:20:25-04

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders riled up a crowd, estimated at around 3,300 in attendance, at the Arizona Fair Grounds, Saturday night.

The Vermont senator went right to work addressing local Arizona issues.

"I will see that families are united, and not separated," Sanders said. 

The Democratic presidential hopeful told the crowd he would end the practice of deportation.

Sanders also promised to look into controversies surrounding Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, if elected president.

"The justice department will look into what Sheriff Arpaio is doing, and anyone else like him," he said. 

Sanders' usual talking points, like raising the minimum wage, creating tuition free higher education and going after Wall Street drew huge applause.

"He is just so energizing, I don't know how he keeps up so much energy," said Sanders supporter Melissa Yoder.

Arizona could prove crucial for Democratic presidential candidates.   

The Grand Canyon state has 79 delegates up for grabs on Tuesday

Some supporters say Sanders made a good impression on Arizona voters.

"I thought he did amazing, I had probably the best seat in the house," said Sanders supporter Mandi Kimes.