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Crowds Pack Sanders Rally; Clinton visits for Hillary

Presidential campaign comes to Portland and Vancouver

3/22/2016, 3:58 p.m.
Vancouver has been historically overlooked during presidential campaigns, but not anymore
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (left) speaks in Vancouver Sunday drawing more than 7,500 people to Hudson Bay High School for a rally. Former President Bill Clinton (right) is pictured at Powell’s Books on Monday.

Vancouver has been historically overlooked during presidential campaigns, but not anymore.

More than 7,500 people turned out to support Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at Hudson Bay High School in Vancouver Sunday; while former President Bill Clinton appeared at smaller gatherings in Portland and Vancouver on Monday to support Hillary Clinton.

Sanders is taking his campaign to Washington and other West Coast states that he hopes will help him make up ground after a solid delegate lead built up by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady.

In Vancouver, the longtime U.S. senator from Vermont declared to a packed gymnasium that the nation's economic, campaign finance and criminal justice systems are "rigged" and criticized pharmaceutical companies for rising drug costs.

Sanders applauded the progress for gay marriage, efforts to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage and his intent to implement universal health care and fight climate change.

"In my view we have a moral responsibility to leave this planet to our children and grandchildren in a way that is healthy and habitable," he said.

Bill Clinton surprised folks with a visit to Powell’s Books in downtown Portland Monday afternoon, escorted by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who announced her endorsement of Hillary Clinton the same day.

The former president also appeared early Monday night at a rally at Clark College in Vancouver with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, another endorser of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The former president talked about his wife’s agenda for creating jobs, clean energy, making college more affordable and how she can bring people together.