Bernie Sanders holds surprise rally in E-town

Bernie Sanders holds surprise rally in E-town
Bernie Sanders held a surprise event at a Panera Beard restaurant in Elizabethtown on Saturday, three days before the state's Democratic presidential primary. (Source: William Joy/WAVE 3 News)
Bernie Sanders held a surprise event at a Panera Beard restaurant in Elizabethtown on Saturday, three days before the state's Democratic presidential primary. (Source: William Joy/WAVE 3 News)

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Days before the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are making their final rounds in the state.

Sanders held a surprise event at a Panera Beard restaurant in Elizabethtown on Saturday.

A few dozen people, mostly younger, packed together for a glimpse of the senator from Vermont.

"We need in America, a political revolution," Sanders said, hitting his usual tagline.

The younger audience included a couple dressed for prom, and others like 17-year-old Nicole Blackstone who can't yet vote.

"I just really appreciate that he's trying to get young people involved in politics because I feel like that's a really big issue that faces our country," Blackstone said.

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Sanders's 20-minute speech only mentioned Clinton once while discussing delegates.

"We are going to have to do very, very well in the remaining eight states, including Kentucky," Sanders said.

He still made some subtle jabs, especially when discussing fundraising.

"We are not raising large sums of money from Wall Street," Sanders said.

Sanders was a bit untraditional, allowing people to come up to the microphone and talk about different issues before addressing them. It ranged from healthcare to student loan debt.

"Why are these people being punished for doing the right thing," Sanders said of three college students who said they're dealing with debt. "They want to do well in their lives. They want to serve the community and to do that they need a decent education."

Sanders had an event later Saturday in Bowling Green and has an event scheduled for Paducah on Sunday. Clinton is scheduled to speak in Louisville Sunday afternoon.

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