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Sanders appeals to students in East Lansing ahead of Michigan primary

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Education was one thing Bernie Sanders talked a lot about on Wednesday night in East Lansing. Appealing to thousands of people who wanted to hear him and what he had to say.

"Who here has student debt, raise your hand," Sanders said.

The U.S. senator from Vermont will try to win Michigan’s primary in less than a week.

And he started his push at the Breslin Center on Michigan State University's campus rallying a group made up of mostly college students.

"I think people are probably fired up for this one," said student Geena Duff.

Sanders spent a lot of time talking about the importance of education.

He said to succeed in a future, a college degree is becoming a must and everyone should be entitled to it.

"I believe we need to make public colleges and universities tuition free," Sanders said.

He said he will pay for it by turning to Wall Street.

For more than an hour, Sanders laid out his plans if elected president.

He spoke about the importance of unions, racial equality, and also some hot topic social issues like gay marriage and feminist rights.

And like he has before, Sanders brought up the Flint water crisis.

"If it wasn't for Bernie, I would be 100 percent scared. Bernie is the only reason that I have any bit of hope," said student Cassie Hoffman.

Sanders also shook the hands of hundreds of his supporters, some even getting a chance to get a photo with him.

Taylor Simmons, a student at nearby Lansing Community College, said seeing him in person and listening to his vision was an emotional experience.

"I'm used to arguing politics with my family and my friends, and I love being in a room filled with love and not hate," Simmons said.

Despite losing seven states on Super Tuesday to Hillary Clinton, Sanders said his campaign is far from over.

Sanders told the crowd Michigan is a must win next week so he can move forward.        

"It will not happen unless we win the primary here. So please come out and vote," Sanders said.

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