Bernie Sanders' Closing Statements Brought New Yorkers A Fiery Message Of Revolution
Days before New Yorkers took to the polls to decide which Democrat with deep ties to the state they would endorse for president, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton duked it out one last time on the debate stage in Brooklyn. Despite Clinton's 57 percent support in the state before the debate, according to the latest NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, the Brooklyn native was confident that he could win over New York City Democrats. Bernie Sanders' closing statements showed he's still all about the revolution and firing up the nation just enough to push him to the nomination.
On Wednesday, the day before the debate, Sanders held a rally in Washington Square Park that drew roughly 27,000 supporters. Director Spike Lee and actress Rosario Dawson both spoke before Sanders, adding to the fanfare that blocked off a large chunk of lower Manhattan. The Vermont senator praised Communications Workers of America union members who went on strike Wednesday, and echoed the same well-known theme of fighting corporate greed Thursday night.
After the huge rally turnout, Sanders was confident in taking on his Democratic rival. After all, he did call for the Brooklyn debate to take place, and was eager to attack Clinton for supporting Wall Street and big companies once again.
Here's Sanders' full closing statement:
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, as the son of an immigrant who came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket, never made a whole lot of money, but was a very proud American because this country gave him and my mom the opportunity to send their kids to college. I believe this country has enormous potential, if we have the guts to take on the big money interests who dominate our economic and political life.
I disagree with Secretary Clinton in the belief that you can get money from Wall Street ... and at the end of the day do what has to be done for the working families. I just don't accept that. I believe that this country, if we stand together and not let the Trumps of the world divide us up ... can lead the world in transforming our energy system and combatting climate change, can break up the large financial institutions ... and we can do that when millions of people stand up, fight back, and create a government that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent. That is what the political revolution is about, that is what this campaign is about. And with your help, we're going to win here in New York. Thank you!
Sanders drove home his fired up message of revolution in his closing statement, while tying in his New York connections and jabbing at Clinton. Whether or not it'll resonate with the state's voters will be clear on Tuesday.