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Sen. Bernie Sanders makes pitch to millenials during stop in Baltimore

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Posted at 11:53 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 07:52:33-05
He traveled the country picking up legions of supporters as he went, and Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders again stopped in Baltimore.
 
The Vermont senator spoke to a sold out room of students at John's Hopkins Homewood campus. He is making stops as part of a book tour, but it's not without context, coming at a time when the Democratic Party is taking a hard look in the mirror after a painful election loss.
 
Political pundits have said millennials are Sanders' most valuable base and perhaps the future of the party.
 
"Especially for college students, he's a very liberal candidate," said Roshmi Admed, a student at the university.
 
As the former Democratic presidential hopeful took the stage at the university's Shriver Hall to a standing ovation before some 1,100 students, he gave what sounded largely like a stump speech, speaking directly to students about what he called a progressive vision for the country.
 
"We have people in Baltimore or in Burlington, Vermont tonight who are struggling to get by," Sanders said while reading excerpts from his book "Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In."
 

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Campaign issues like climate change and poverty dominated Sanders discussion.
 
Sanders also challenged Democrats to face struggles of middle class Americans as the party party faces a new reality.
 
"The Democratic Party does not talk about often enough," Sanders said. "It is a reality of which Donald Trump talked to."
 
A search for party leadership is pitting progressives, like Sanders and his millennial followers, against the party establishment.
 
"Some people look at it as a fight for the soul of the party," said John Bullock, a professor at Towson University.
 
Bullock said Sanders could be looking to organize voters for midterm and future presidential elections.
 
"If you're talking about re-building, so looking at what happens in 2018 and 2020, it has to be a bench for the party, but also trying to reach out to those millennial," Bullock said.
 
 Students did not leave empty handed. They were each given a copy of his new book.
 
As for if he plans on running for president in the future, when asked point blank, Sanders' answer was that chose to face on what he said were immediate national issues.
 

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