Bernie Sanders visits Ottawa County

Ottawa County

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The 2020 Presidential campaign is already impacting Michigan.

Just weeks after a big rally for President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, another high-profile candidate, Democrat Bernie Sanders, visited West Michigan Saturday.

Sanders won Michigan in the 2016 primary, a victory he called one of the biggest political upsets ever, which shows the importance of this state when it comes to his political strategy in 2020. He reached out to traditional constituencies, like union members, in Coopersville.

The candidate told the crowd the legislation that he has introduced shows he would protect collective bargaining and do away with right-to-work.

“First of all, if 50 percent of the workers in a unit sign a card, saying they want to belong to a union, 50 percent plus 1, you got the union end of discussion. If a company, which is absolutely the case right now, refuses to negotiate in good faith for a good contract, that company will be severely penalized. And maybe, most significantly, what this legislation does is end once and for all these disastrous right-to-work laws in 28 states,” Sanders said.

Sanders talked about some of the same themes, like Medicare-for-all, as he did in his 2016 campaign. Ultimately, Sanders lost the primary to Hillary Clinton.

“Tens of millions of people are uninsured or under-insured. We pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. That’s the bad news. The good news the insurance companies and the drug companies are making tens of billions of dollars in profit. Well, to my mind the function of health care is to give quality care to all people not to make billions in profits for the executive and the companies in the health care industry. We are going to move toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program,” Sanders said.

But Sanders is no longer the only progressive face of the Democratic party and he is in a very crowded field. That’s something the Vermont senator addressed head-on.

“So I am here in the Midwest for one major reason, and that is I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that Donald Trump is not re-elected president,” Sanders told the crowd.

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