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TV5 talks one-on-one with Bernie Sanders

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is touring Michigan Thursday to campaign for Hillary Clinton as she prepares for this Sunday’s debate.

The last time Sanders visited Michigan, he was on his way to a slim victory over Clinton in the Michigan primary election.

He’s now speaking to those voters who helped him achieve that victory and trying to convince them that his once Democratic rival is the right choice in next month’s election.

When asked why his supporters should now back  Clinton, he said the vote goes beyond personality. 

"I would say is get beyond personality. I know a lot of people for whatever reasons don't like Clinton," Sanders said. "They don't like Trump. Take a hard look at the issues that impact the lives of middle class and working families. And on virtually all of the issues - raising the minimum wage, pay equity, rebuilding our infrastructure and creating jobs, making public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle class - on all of those issues, Secretary Clinton is far, far, far a way superior candidate compared to Donald Trump."

Since losing the nomination, Sanders has strongly supported Clinton and staunchly opposed Donald Trump. When asked if he ever thought Trump would make it this far, Sanders said the Republican nominee's campaign is based on bigotry. 

"No. No I didn't. And that's a long, we don't have the time to get into that discussion as to why. But what I can say is a lot of people are hurting out there, a lot of people who are angry,” Sanders said. “Trump is tapping that anger and trying to divide us up by running a campaign where bigotry, bigotry is the cornerstone of that campaign. We have fought for too many decades in this country to overcome racism and to overcome sexism, we can't go back to bigotry."

The Michigan Trump Campaign issued a statement Thursday on Sander’s visit to Michigan:

"Michiganders are wondering if Hillary Clinton’s support for disastrous trade deals like NAFTA and TPP is keeping her from visiting the Great Lakes State, and why she sends surrogates like Bernie Sanders -- who opposes her on those issues -- to campaign for her here instead.

And Hillary sends Bernie here to bail her out with Millennial voters the week after reports that she talked down to those very voters for "living in their parents' basement" and being stuck in a 'job that doesn't pay a lot.'

So while Sanders is here today, Michiganders have a few important questions for her former rival:

·Is Hillary staying away from Michigan because she supports NAFTA and TPP?

·Why does Hillary support NAFTA and TPP when they are such bad deals for American workers? 

·After watching last night’s Vice Presidential debate, does Bernie believe Hillary made the right choice for her running mate?

·Does Bernie share Hillary’s belief that Millennials are hopeless 'basement dwellers?'

·Does Bernie still want to see Hillary’s paid Wall Street speeches as he did in the primary?

·Does Bernie Sanders still think Hillary has bad judgment in general, or just on a large number of issues?

We look forward to Bernie’s responses, and maybe even Hillary’s if she ever decides to show up in Michigan again.”

The Michigan Republican Party also issued a statement Thursday: 

“While a majority of Democrats in Michigan were Feeling the Bern during the Democratic primary, they ultimately were burned by a rigged system in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Now these supporters are being attacked by Hillary Clinton in private fundraisers. Those struggling under the Clinton and Obama economy shouldn’t be putting their support behind a candidate who doesn’t respect them and continues to push for the status quo. They want someone who will make our government work for them, and given her 30 years in politics and disdain for millions of Americans, Hillary Clinton is not that person.”

It turns out Clinton will be back in Michigan next week. She plans to campaign at a public event in Detroit on Monday – fresh off of Sunday night’s presidential town hall debate.

You can watch the debate on TV5 this Sunday beginning at 9 p.m. 

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