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Sanders challenges supporters to turn out April 5 to prove Walker's efforts to suppress vote failed

MILWAUKEE -- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders challenged supporters Tuesday to show Scott Walker the guv's plans to suppress the vote with measures such as voter ID have failed by turning out in droves for Wisconsin’s presidential primary April 5.

Sanders drew wild applause as he slammed Walker on several issues, particularly voter ID, though he said the guv is not alone in his efforts across the country to make it harder to vote.

"I say to Gov. Walker and the other cowardly Republican governors, if you are afraid of a free and fair election, get out of politics, get another job,” Sanders shouted to cheers and applause.

Sanders promised to be “exactly the opposite of Scott Walker,” particularly on unions. Sanders said Walker wants to “destroy” the movement, while he promised to expand it, adding he believes in unions’ right to negotiate good contracts.

Sanders also said while Walker has given tax breaks to corporations and cut education, he would expand education and require “corporate America start paying their share of taxes.” 

“Gov. Walker has received significant funds from the Koch brothers. And I want to see Citizens United overturned,” he continued. “Gov. Walker has slashed funds for Planned Parenthood; I’m going to expand it.

“I’m sure there are areas we agree on, I just haven’t seen them yet,” Sanders said to laughter.

Sanders, who predicted he would win Wisconsin next week if there is significant turnout, also sought to highlights his differences with Dem rival Hillary Clinton.

Sanders decried the loss of manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin in recent decades, mentioning General Motors, Johnson Controls and Briggs and Stratton as example of companies that moved jobs to Mexico and other countries.

Sanders said Clinton supported virtually every one of what he called “disastrous trade agreements” that encouraged these corporate actions.

The Vermont senator waited until the end of his hourlong speech to mention Donald Trump, calling him out for his treatment of women, Mexicans and Muslims and likening Trump to “demagogues who always function by trying to divide us up and to scapegoat minorities.”

Sanders refrained from name-calling the Republican front-runner; instead he made a word play on Trump’s name.

“Coming together always trumps divisiveness," Sanders said. "Togetherness and supporting each other in our times of need always trumps selfishness. At the end of the day, love always trumps hatred."

-- By Kay Nolan




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