Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont kicked off his effort to win the April 19 New York Democratic presidential primary with a large, boisterous rally in the Bronx on Thursday night, highlighting his local roots and telling New Yorkers that he would work to make sure people have well-paying jobs, affordable housing and access to good public education.
Mr. Sanders spoke to an estimated 18,500 supporters at St. Mary’s Park, where he vowed to provide more resources to the Bronx and other communities across the country. He also told supporters at the outdoor event that they would be critical to winning the nomination and to carrying out his policies.
“What this campaign is about is creating a political revolution,” Mr. Sanders told his cheering supporters. ”You are the heart and soul of this revolution.”
Mr. Sanders also focused on his background, telling the crowd that his New York upbringing influenced his platform. “I learned a little bit about what it means to grow up in a family that has no money and I also learned a little bit about the immigrant experience — those lessons I will never forget,” he said.
The event was one of the most diverse gatherings Mr. Sanders has hosted in months, with many black and Latino supporters in the crowd chanting his name continually.
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