Bernie Sanders, the supposed long-shot underdog Democratic candidate for President, is having a hard time accommodating all the people that want to hear him speak. Drawing record overflow crowds and high profile campaign leaders, Sanders and his staff are now scrambling to find new venues to accommodate all the people that want to hear Bernie Sanders speak. When he first kicked off his campaign pundits said that people wouldn’t relate to Sanders because of his age (which is within only a few years of most of the other candidates). Turns out people want to see him speak because they feel that he relates to them.
Yesterday the Sanders campaign issued an announcement:
Responding to swelling interest, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign moved town meetings set for this weekend to much bigger spaces in Las Vegas and Charleston, South Carolina. The campaign also made contingency plans to accommodate the thousands of people who have indicated they plan to see Sanders on Saturday in Denver.
Sanders is currently scheduled to speak as follows:
- Las Vegas, at Treasure Island Hotel tomorrow, June 19 at 9:00am PDT. Breakfast will be served at the event.
Denver, at University of Denver, June 20 at 7:30pm MDT
Charleston, Burke High School, June 21 at 7:00pm EDT
South Carolina’s Post and Courier reports that Phil Fiermonte, Sanders’ campaign field director, says that, “The response is South Carolina has been tremendous.”
His rallies have been big — from more than 5,000 people at his beyond-capacity, late-May kickoff in Burlington, Vermont, to more than 3,000 people at a rally the following Sunday in Minneapolis. Last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, an overflow crowd packed Drake University’s 775-seat Sheslow Auditorium to hear Sanders speak.
“The more people get to know about Bernie and what he stands for the more they want to be part of his political revolution. I think there’s just a hunger out in the country for someone to speak to the issues that really affect the lives of middle income and working families, ” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager
When Ed Schultz questioned Sanders about how he feels about drawing “crowds that we haven’t seen in contemporary times” Sanders response was that “It’s kind of mind blowing.”
Sanders opened his speech in Minneapolis by saying, “I would tell everyone to sit down, but there aren’t enough seats!” They also ran out of food for the attendees.
WATCH Sanders speak to an overflow record breaking crowd in Minneapolis:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-TsQ_TdzQc?feature=player_embedded&w=640&h=360]
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