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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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Sanders rails against 'ugly ads' attacking Feingold in Milwaukee rally

MILWAUKEE -- Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against the late infusion of cash targeting Dem Senate candidate Russ Feingold and what he described as GOP attempts to suppress the vote during a rally in downtown Milwaukee Wednesday.

Sanders, stumping for Dem nominee Hillary Clinton and Feingold before an animated crowd at Turner Hall, also took a few shots at GOP nominee Donald Trump and made the case for progressive policies proposals he championed during the primary.

Sanders said millions of dollars have flooded into Wisconsin from billionaires like the Koch brothers, who he described as "right wing extremists" seeking to eliminate Social Security, federal health care programs and public education.

"Those are the people flooding the airwaves in Wisconsin with ugly ads about Russ Feingold," Sanders said. "If you want a candidate who's going to stand up and take on those billionaires, then vote for Russ Feingold."

Billionaire donors are trying to undermine democracy and the election, he said, while pledging to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's "disastrous" Citizens United decision that shot down restrictions on independent expenditures.

"This really sickens me to see in this country billionaires buying elections," Sanders said.

He accused Republicans of trying to make it more difficult for people to vote and called for automatic voter registration.

He read from a Washington Post article that said Trump's campaign in Wisconsin has been "emboldened" by projections of lower African-American turnout in the state and relative lack of enthusiasm among college students in Madison.

"They are emboldened by the possibility that people may not vote," Sanders said. "We are emboldened because we believe that people must and will vote."

Sanders took a few shots at Trump, saying he was the leader of the birther movement and that he believes climate change is a hoax perpetuated by China, while Clinton trusts science.

He also said Trump supports tax cuts for the wealthy and made reference to Trump avoiding paying taxes.

"I've got some bad news for Donald Trump," he said. "On Nov. 8, not only is he going to lose the election, but we are going to elect a Senate that is going to begin the process of making him and his billionaire friends pay their fair share."

Sanders thanked voters for helping him win the Wisconsin primary, saying the victory "allowed us to put together the most progressive Democratic platform in the history of the United States of America."

-- By David Wise




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