The Bernie Sanders “revolution” invades Milwaukee for the third time in a week, in a rally Monday, a rally that will be as much a rock concert as a “get out the vote” event with not one, not two, but three popular indie rock bands performing at the 19,000-seat BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee.
Sanders usual “Future To Believe In” stump speech will follow music from Arizona-based pop-rock band The Summer Set, Colorado electronic duo 3OH!3, and Milwaukee’s own hometown alt-rock heroes, Space Raft, who also performed at a Bernie Sanders rally on Sunday.
The rally in Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin at a population of nearly 600,000, will be the final stop in Wisconsin in what has been an all-out effort in the state. It takes place the night before voters go to the ballot box in a primary that Sanders is expected to win, but which has been a back-and-forth, neck-and-neck race in the polls against nationwide front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders delivered his “Future To Believe In” speech on March 29 at a rally in Milwaukee, then he returned for a town hall meeting, as well, to deliver a speech to the Wisconsin Democratic Party at a dinner also attended by Clinton, who delivered her own speech to the group.
Watch the Bernie Sanders speech to Wisconsin Democrats in the video below.
And watch the video below for a full replay of the Bernie Sanders “Future To Believe In” get-out-the-vote rally and indie alt-rock concert. The show is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. Central Time, 7:30 p.m. Eastern and 4:30 p.m. Pacific.
The Wisconsin primary on April 5 comes at what has become the most acrimonious point of the competition between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, with both sides trading accusations over such topics as whether or not Clinton accepts funding from the fossil fuel industry, and which date is best for the candidates to hold a debate prior to the New York State primary — a debate that would be the ninth of the Democratic campaign.
Sanders also blasted Clinton for scheduling a fundraiser hosted by actor George Clooney, where the top VIP ticket price would cost $350,000, a price Bernie Sanders condemned as “obscene.”
But the money raised for the Hillary Clinton Victory Fund would go in part to Democratic congressional candidates, with the aim of helping Democrats take back the majority in the United States Senate and possibly the House as well, majorities that a Democratic president — whether Clinton or Sanders — will need to enact any part if her or his agenda.
Sanders has not raised money for “down ballot” Democratic candidates, when asked by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow whether he plans to do so, Sanders has responded with, “we’ll see.”
Some of the money raised by Clinton will also go to find the Democratic nominee, whether it is Clinton herself or Bernie Sanders, putting Sanders in the position of using money that he had previously condemned as “obscene.”
Bernie’s high in polls/has momentum. He could win which means he’ll have to change his tune on Clinton fundraising https://t.co/5zDlGqyJM8
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 1, 2016
Will Bernie Sanders win the Wisconsin primary? He is certainly trying. Not only do the state’s demographics — more than 87 percent white and under seven percent African-American — fit the pattern of Sanders previous victories, but Sanders has also spent $2.4 million in the state, compared to just $1.1 million laid out by Clinton.
Polling has showed a narrow but clear lead for Clinton leading up to last week, but five polls that have been released since March 30 have showed a surge by Sanders; though, that surge seemed to level off somewhat in the last two polls.
A Loras College poll on Saturday showed Clinton leading by six points — the only one of the five polls in five days that showed Clinton ahead — and a YouGov poll on Sunday put Sanders at the lead at two points. The three earlier polls had Sanders ahead by up to six percentage points.
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As voters in Wisconsin go to the polls on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders will head to Wyoming for another rally before the state holds its caucus on Saturday, April 9 — another state that Sanders is expected to win easily.
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