A day after his sweeping Nevada victory, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gallivanted across the Lone Star State on a kind of victory lap. The last stop of his Texas tour was in Austin at Vic Mathias Shores, backdropped by Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyscrapers.
To an official-count crowd of about 13,000 — with more watching from outside the barrier gates — Sanders was introduced by Austin City Councilman, and Sanders Texas campaign chair, Greg Casar.
Upon taking the stage, Sanders was met with resounding cheers and a chorus of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” as “Power to the People” by John Lennon blared across the Austin landscape.
“This is a campaign of the working class of America, by the working class of America, and for the working class of America,” Sanders said to the crowd.
After touting his strong showing in Iowa and his wins in New Hampshire and Nevada, Sanders emphasized many of the progressive ideals that have become the foundation of his campaign.
Canceling student debt, eliminating college tuition, raising the minimum wage, and implementing a Medicare-for-All socialized medicine plan were among the topics discussed, as were repealing many of President Trump’s hawkish immigration initiatives and expanding funding for Planned Parenthood.
Additionally, Sanders vowed to lower prescription drug prices and take on “Big Pharma,” while also legalizing marijuana in every state by way of an executive order on his first day in office should he be elected president.
However, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning such a move would most likely face constitutional barriers and have to, at a minimum, go through the notice and comment rulemaking process.
Sanders also advocated for the Green New Deal as well as banning the sale of “assault rifles”