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More than 3,300 "Feel The Bern" with Sanders Onalaska rally

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Continuing his theme of major changes if elected, Bernie Sanders brought his campaign to Onalaska for a rally Wednesday night at the Omni Center in Onalaska.

His 75-minute speech touched on a number of issues but overall focused on the need for political revolution and change.

Sanders spoke of the differences between himself and his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. He drew large cheers from the crowd speaking about running his campaign without special interest money. "You can run a winning campaign without going to billionaires for support." He contrasted his campaign contributions from small donors-more than six million individual donations he said-compared to the super PAC's and support of Wall Street of Clinton.

On education, he pointed out a sign in the crowd that he said did a better job of explaining his point than he did. "Education is not a debt-sentence" the sign said. "We need to make public colleges and universities tuition-free," Sanders said. "This is a common sense idea", he stated as he pointed out several other countries such as Germany that offer education to its citizens.

"I think my young followers want to get involved within a political system that works for all the people and not just the one percent," Sanders said. 

News 19's Caroline Hecker sat down with Sanders for a one-on-one interview and asked Sanders if he's confident in the federal government's cyber-security.

"I think we have to do a lot of work in that area," he said. "On one hand, I want to make sure the United States government is not into everybody's cell phones, internet access and emails that is not what America is about. But on the other hand, I want to make sure we are effectively tracking terrorists that may want to do us harm."

Sanders is back on the campaign trail on Friday with rallies in Sheboygan and Green Bay. Sunday, he's at a rally at the Kohl Center in Madison. 


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