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Candidates canvas Massachusetts on Eve of Super Tuesday

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of more than 8,000 supporters at UMASS Amherst in the run-up to Super Tuesday.Photo Tracey C. O'Neill/

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd of more than 8,000 supporters at UMASS Amherst in the run-up to Super Tuesday. Photo Tracey C. O’Neill/

MILTON, MA – As Super Tuesday approached, Presidential candidates looked to Massachusetts voters for a decisive turnout on Super Tuesday.

Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders rallied a packed house at Milton High School early Monday evening, touching on issues affecting American families and promising a better future for America’s Middle Class.

“Your state led the American revolution. Now it is time for Massachusetts to lead the political revolution.” ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sanders concentrated on kitchen table economics, campaign finance reform and a commitment to break the Wall Street stronghold on the nation’s working class.

“Today we have a corrupt campaign finance system which is undermining democracy,” Sanders said.

Calling on New England’s history of grassroots democracy, Vermont’s junior senator spoke of a return to “one person, one vote” system where every person had a voice and every ballot cast counted.

“We do not look kindly on billionaires buying elections,” Sanders said.

Giving voice to women in equality Sanders hit hard on women’s issues ranging from wage discrimination to paid family leave and childcare.

The candidate spent little time in Milton talking about the crumbling and indistinct Republican platform. Instead he stuck to the numbers.

“Polls go up and polls go down,” he said. “If you look at national polls and you look at a variety of statewide polls, we are already ahead of Trump.”

Reuters rolling poll of Possible Democratic Presidential Candidates showed Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton neck and neck, with Sanders eking out the lead.

Sanders’ numbers climbed ahead of Clinton on February 19, prior to the South Carolina primary at 39.2 percent to Clinton’s 38.2 percent. Climbing to a 7 point lead on February 22, when Sanders’ lead climbed to 42.8 percent over Clinton’s 35.6 percent, narrowing to just one point as of February 26.

Local polling showed the candidates in a close race for Commonwealth delegates, with Clinton ahead by single digits. Both WBUR and Suffolk University polls had the candidates within 6-7 points.

“We will defeat Mr. Trump,” he said. “Because the American people understand and always have that love trumps hatred.”

The Milton stopover was the second recent trip to his sister state, following a rally drawing 8,500 supporters at UMASS Amherst last week.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made stops in Springfield and Boston on Monday afternoon. Clinton focused her efforts on dismembering Donald Trump and the GOP machine.

“We reject the mean-spiritedness, the demagoguery, the bigotry that is being pedaled by the Republican candidates,” the former First Lady said.

Flanked by Mayor Marty Walsh, Clinton bespoke democracy as a requirement, one forgotten by the GOP.
“Democracy requires that we play well with others,” Clinton said.

Ohio Governor John Kasich returned to the Commonwealth, speaking to a group of supporters in Plymouth. Kasich is hoping Massachusetts’s conservatives will give him enough support to stay in the race.

Kasich touched upon veteran’s issues, expanding his thoughts to first responders.

“We have to make sure that our veterans, our police or fire, our first responders must be honored in this country,” Kasich said. Addressing a veteran in the town hall meeting he said, “I honor you for your service and for your work.”

Donald Trump was in Georgia on Monday where his campaign continued to create controversy. As reported by USA Today, Trump had a large group of black students removed from a rally at Valdosta University prior to his engagement beginning.

Polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday in Massachusetts, one of twelve states participating in the marathon Super Tuesday primary day.

This article originally appeared on on February 29, 2016. 


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