CONCORD, New Hampshire – Sen. Bernie Sanders Sunday returned to the state, which launched him into political circles.
Making his first appearance in New Hampshire since announcing his second bid for the democratic presidential election, independent Senator from neighboring Vermont pushes his populist agenda for progressive proposals for a group of 850 wrapped up in a local conference center on a snowy winter day in northern New England .
Sanders & # 39; crushing victory over Hillary Clinton in the first-in-nation's primary state's 2016 competition shot the once-long shot in a marathon battle with the possible candidate for the non-ending Democratic Party until Sanders approved Clinton after its conclusion primary and caucus calendar.
"I would like to offer a very special thank you to the people of New Hampshire. In 2016, this is where the political revolution struck," he said loudly.
Sanders repeatedly traveled President Trump in his almost hour-long speech and said he "consistently lies".
And Sanders claimed that "under President Trump, the very concept of democracy is under attack by a president who seems to have the intention of imitating authoritarian leaders in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and elsewhere that he seems to have so much love for ."
The candidate pushed forward with his progressive proposals, such as criminal justice reform, Medicare-for-all single-payer health care plan and universal affordable child care, and once again promised to "make public colleges and universities free education".
He also said "that climate change is not a hoax, but is an existential threat to the future of our country and the whole planet … We will transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy."
However, Sanders did not mention the Green New Deal, the sweeping proposal, loved by progressives, but plagued by many Republicans, whose purpose is to transform the country's economy to combat climate change – while establishing a large number of new health and welfare programs .
When he made his long-standing push for a federal minimum wage of $ 15 a. Time, Sanders said, "Today we say to Walmart, the fast food industry" before being interrupted by a supporter who shouted, "F — You."
The outbreak brought bowl from the crowd, and Sanders quickly noticed, "yes that's a way of saying it."
Sanders did not take questions from the audience or from local and national journalists. After standing for selfies and shaking hands with some of his followers, he met briefly with a small group of his best granite people before joining another campaign event in the southwestern New Hampshire town of Keene.
The Republican National Committee aimed at Sanders and said that his "radical push for socialism is supercharging the democratic primary to the left."
"With calls for public control of health care, education, and the acquisition of almost every aspect of our life with the Green New Deal, Sanders & # 39; socialist platform will rob Granite Staters of their freedoms as they go bankrupt with America at a cost of billions of dollars, "added RNC spokeswoman Mandi Merritt.
Sanders arrived in the granite state on roll in his campaign – he is at the top of almost all national and early voting polls in the Democratic nomination competition and he shook a huge $ 6 million in the first 24 hours after his February launch.
But he has also been exposed to competition from a large area of rivals – many of them younger and pushing the same progressive proposals. Sanders moved from the extreme to the party's mainstream in the 2016 campaign.
While many of Sanders' 2016 supporters support him again, some have said they are trading around.
Adam Martson from Dover said "I would definitely be open to" a younger democratic candidate who advocates the same progressive proposals that might have a better shot at winning election elections.
"I'm really interested in who can beat Trump," he added.
Kendall Rasmussen, who drove up from Medford, Mass., Said she supported Sanders in 2016.
"I'm probably going to Bernie, but I'm actually not willing to make a commitment yet. I just can't say yet," she explained. "Who will win against Trump. That's a big factor."
And Melissa Fisk of Concord – one of the few 2016 Clinton supporters to join the rally – said she was checking out all the democratic 2020 contenders and is far from deciding.
"It's someone, but Trump," she stressed.
But Lorna Wakefield in Sanborton said she stuck with Sanders 100 percent.
"Bernie is the one who started all this. We're with Bernie," she stressed.
And Chris Liquori from Portsmouth – a member of the Sanders New Hampshire Steering Committee – argued: "Why imitate when you have someone who's been doing this for 40 years, killing the party and bringing them where they are now Why would you go with someone else? "