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Tue Jan 26, 2016, 10:54 PM

Tonight I stood in a line of over 20,000 people to see the next President speak

Tonight I stood with over 20,000 people in a line that stretched for blocks to hear the next President of the United States deliver a powerful speech.

I have been to many political events before but I have never seen this many young people at any of them. Thousands of young people turned out to see a candidate that respects their intelligence and speaks to them just like he speaks to everyone else. He is a candidate that realizes you don't win the votes of young people by playing them a Katy Perry or Demi Lovato song, but instead you treat them with respect and engage them on the issues that matter to them.

Bernie's speech was great, it was filled with substance and covered as many issues as he could possibly squeeze into a single hour.

By the time he finished most people in the arena had been on their feet for two to three hours between their time standing in line and continuing to stand through the speech, many people were no doubt sore by the end of it but that did not dampen the enthusiasm one bit.

People are sick of the status quo, we need to move away from the Third Way politics that have left progressives feeling that not even the people they vote for can be trusted.

It is time to reject the people who are so cold that they would tell a family that lacks health care that their desire to see a doctor is as absurd as wanting a unicorn.

It is time to reject a party leadership that seems to value contributions from the big banks more than they value the people who vote for them.

It is time to embrace real change in this country, and it is time to elect Bernie Sanders to lead us in bringing about that change.

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Reply Tonight I stood in a line of over 20,000 people to see the next President speak (Original post)
Bjorn Against Jan 2016 OP
Uncle Joe Jan 2016 #1
WillyT Jan 2016 #2
Samantha Jan 2016 #3
Fawke Em Jan 2016 #4
Nyan Jan 2016 #5
Gregorian Jan 2016 #6
zentrum Jan 2016 #7
MrMickeysMom Jan 2016 #8
Indepatriot Jan 2016 #9
Ed Suspicious Jan 2016 #10
snagglepuss Jan 2016 #11
MissDeeds Jan 2016 #12
global1 Jan 2016 #13
Iwillnevergiveup Jan 2016 #14
Kalidurga Jan 2016 #15
Bjorn Against Jan 2016 #16
Kalidurga Jan 2016 #18
Rosa Luxemburg Jan 2016 #40
Eric J in MN Jan 2016 #28
Bjorn Against Jan 2016 #34
Kalidurga Jan 2016 #36
geardaddy Jan 2016 #52
humbled_opinion Jan 2016 #17
Fuddnik Jan 2016 #19
WillyT Jan 2016 #20
Bjorn Against Jan 2016 #21
WillyT Jan 2016 #22
Cassiopeia Jan 2016 #23
Scruffy1 Jan 2016 #24
Le Taz Hot Jan 2016 #25
litlbilly Jan 2016 #43
Warren DeMontague Jan 2016 #26
Eric J in MN Jan 2016 #27
Bjorn Against Jan 2016 #31
AtomicKitten Jan 2016 #29
Chef Eric Jan 2016 #30
SammyWinstonJack Jan 2016 #32
left-of-center2012 Jan 2016 #33
rhett o rick Jan 2016 #58
kenfrequed Jan 2016 #35
geardaddy Jan 2016 #48
kenfrequed Jan 2016 #49
geardaddy Jan 2016 #50
AzDar Jan 2016 #37
GoneFishin Jan 2016 #38
LongTomH Jan 2016 #39
cui bono Jan 2016 #41
Thespian2 Jan 2016 #42
politicaljunkie41910 Jan 2016 #44
Ivan Kaputski Jan 2016 #45
libdem4life Jan 2016 #46
geardaddy Jan 2016 #47
chervilant Jan 2016 #51
mobeau69 Jan 2016 #53
smiley Jan 2016 #54
greiner3 Jan 2016 #55
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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 10:55 PM

1. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for sharing, Bjorn Against.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 10:56 PM

2. + 1,000,000,000 - What You Said !!!

 










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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 10:57 PM

3. Very interesting read

Thank you for sharing this experience.

Sam

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 10:57 PM

4. But....but.. but, Hillary won ALL the debates, according to the establishment media.

Hillary has all the establishment endorsements!

Hillary has all this so-called experience, according to the establishment.

Seriously,

It looked like GREAT night! Glad you got to go!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 11:00 PM

5. Thanks for the inspiring post, Bjorn Against.

I'm with you 100%

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 11:18 PM

6. I'm watching the last five minutes. He's perfected some of the key issues. Incredible.

And you're in the crowd. How cool.

The way he's nailing these important issues is unbeatable.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 11:50 PM

7. Thanks so much

.for being there and for telling us about it.

I hope they always have Democratic voter registration tables at these events.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Tue Jan 26, 2016, 11:59 PM

8. Thanks for the best bedtime story I could have tonight, Bjorn...

I look forward to the replay somewhere here tomorrow... crowds in all.

It has a happy ending and it's worth a long hard fight to move it forward.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:05 AM

9. K&R!!!!

 

Very nicely said.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:10 AM

10. Thanks for the recap! I was really feeling down today, until I read this!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:13 AM

11. Terrific post. Very powerful. Thanks.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:17 AM

12. + a zillion

 

Wish I could have been there! Bernie Sanders is the greatest candidate of my lifetime!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:30 AM

13. You Mentioned The Young People In Attendance At This Event....

I hope every one of them at this event and those around the country that have felt the Bern go home and convince their parents to vote for Bernie - this could grow exponentially. We are well on our way to a 'political revolution'.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:30 AM

14. Good on ya, Bjorn!

This proves beyond a doubt, time after time, it doesn't matter even when debates are scheduled at hinky times, the crowds always find Bernie. And this massive show of support will help him win the Iowa caucuses.

K&R

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:03 AM

15. Were you in the main auditorium of the overflow?

I was in the overflow. I think I was one of the last people in line for about a minute then 50 more people showed up then a few dozen after that, I am not sure I looked back and I couldn't see the end of the line anymore.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:07 AM

16. I was in the main area

I got there early so I was able to get pretty close to the stage.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:09 AM

18. Cool

I got lost so I was about a half an hour later than I had anticipated. The overflow had about 5,000 and Bernie came to talk to us first. I was so like wow, that is so cool he came to talk to us stragglers.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:29 PM

40. Fantastic!

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:59 AM

28. What time did you get in line? NT

NT

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #28)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 10:18 AM

34. I think it was around 5:15 or so.

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #28)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 11:41 AM

36. about 6:45

and the line kept growing

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #28)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:40 PM

52. About 3:00 n/t

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:08 AM

17. You are participating in a political revolution... Love it n/t

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:19 AM

19. Godamn Right! Viva la Revolution!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:23 AM

20. Did It Look Anything Like This:

 

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Response to WillyT (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:28 AM

21. That would be the one

15,000 in the main room and another 5,000 in the overflow.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #21)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:30 AM

22. :fistbump:

 


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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:36 AM

23. In 2008 millions of young/first time voters were not counted in the polling

and the polling "experts" are making the same mistake this year.

Bernie 2016!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 01:53 AM

24. I was there from 4 until 10 pm.

The crowd was amazing. Young, old and in between. When I was done ushering, I went to the overflow room to see him on video, and was blown away when Keith Elison and Bernie cam e running to the stage to make sure everyone had a chance to see and here him live. This tough old bastard cried.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 03:53 AM

25. That was my experience in L.A. too last August

A sea of young, enthusiastic and VERY politically savvy young people as far as the eye could see. Like you, I've been to many many political rallies but I'd never experienced anything like that event.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #25)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 02:07 PM

43. Same for me in Portland. Im still waiting for someplace to beat 28k:)

 

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:35 AM

26. KICK AND REC AND REC AND KICK

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:55 AM

27. Who spoke at the rally before Bernie Sanders? NT

NT

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Response to Eric J in MN (Reply #27)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 08:48 AM

31. A couple of college students and Keith Ellison

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 05:29 AM

29. Thanks for your reporting.

 

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 07:31 AM

30. A great post. Thank you. nt

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 09:12 AM

32. +1000000

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 10:14 AM

33. Has Hillary ever had 20,000 people?

Seems I read in the past she favors smaller, more 'intimate' groups?
I recall her DU supporters cheered when she drew 1,000 women in Boston.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #33)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 08:24 PM

58. She prefers small groups that contribute to her campaign and her personal fortune in the

 

multi thousand dollar range. I think Goldman-Sachs, one of the worst of the worse, has given her personal fortune over $600,000 dollars. They obviously hope she will look favorably upon them when regulation comes up. Can we spell G R A F T?

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 10:23 AM

35. I was stuck in overflow

I arrived at around 6:30pm foolishly thinking I had time. Still, the numbers were incredible and Bernie did stop in to talk to the overflow room for a bit to talk to us. I have never been at a Rally in Minnesota that was this big.

I think the establishment is going to be in for a shock.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #35)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:10 PM

48. We got there at about 3:00

We were standing about 20-30 feet from the lectern!

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #48)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:12 PM

49. Lucky!

The earliest I could have arrived was 6pm after work. Didn't get there till 6:30pm.

Still it was incredible!

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #49)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:14 PM

50. Yes it was.

I thought the young Somali-American woman's speech was very moving and Keith's introduction was fantastic!

I loved that he called out the Waltons, too.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 11:45 AM

37. Bernie!!

 

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:18 PM

38. K&R

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:27 PM

39. +10,000 -- Glad you had the chance to hear Bernie speak.

I heard him at the Jefferson / Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, IA back in November.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:34 PM

41. Great post!

Agree with all your sentiments.

I wish I had gone to see Bernie when he came out before he declared, when he was feeling it out. It was a much smaller venue but I was busy. Had I known he was actually going to run and it would turn into what it has I would have changed my plans!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 12:59 PM

42. Right On!!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 02:09 PM

44. I'm sure it had nothing to do with all the FREE STUFF Bernie's promising!!!!!!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 02:42 PM

45. k and r

 

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 02:51 PM

46. His calling out of WalMart...wow...it's almost scary. WalMart has eaten alive all of the

 

local businesses wherever they go. Of course, Hillary loves them. I'm sure even she cringes just a bit when he not only calls them out, but tells them to "get off welfare" I love it.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:09 PM

47. I did too!

Great post about the event! Great event!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 04:35 PM

51. It's also time for Hi11ary supporters

to acknowledge that support for Bernie is increasing by leaps and bounds, and it's not going to stop.

I am so excited!!!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 05:41 PM

53. Video of St. Paul Rally

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 07:00 PM

54. k&r

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 07:28 PM

55. Can you imagine his strategy being named after him

 

The Bernie Strategy.

Sounds much better than The Southern Strategy

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 07:31 PM

56. Bravo!

Well said. I wish I had your writing skills

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 08:22 PM

57. "Richest, most powerful nation in the world! But fuck you if you think that means

 

anything in terms of citizens getting the very basics in life! If that's what you want, you're a leftist loon!"

Yeah, that message is not resonating. But Bernie's sure is!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 10:40 PM

59. I spoke to a couple friends who attended

(I couldn't get out of work in time to go)

They said pretty much what you did, lots of young people (they're both 70) and the energy was incredible. They've been active in the DFL forever and, besides seeing Bernie and being right down in front, was that the "kids" they spoke to were all pumped about going to the caucus.

I think Bernie has a real shot at taking Minnesota.

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