Sanders highlights Flint, cost of education, shootings, bailout in Kalamazoo speech
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Kalamazoo, Michigan, echoed his pledged to keep citizens safe from mass shootings, much like the incident that occurred in the city last month when an Uber driver was charged with fatally shooting six people and injuring two others.
At his rally in the Wings Event Center Monday, Sanders also touched on his plan to rectify the situation in Flint, Michigan, where residents have been forced to survive on bottled water, while also clarifying his position on Detroit's auto-industry bailout.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meanwhile met with workers in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Both candidates made a final push ahead of the state's primary Tuesday.
WWMT reporter Jessica Wheeler was there and live tweeted Sanders' event:
Sanders led his stump speech in Kalamazoo by promising to do "everything he can" to stop mass shootings. Kalamazoo was rocked by a series of fatal shootings reportedly carried out by an Uber driver who, police said, took fares in between the killings. Gene Kopf, the father of one of the survivors of the shooting, demanded answers from the Democratic candidates Sunday night a debate in Flint -- about two hours from Kalamazoo.
"To be honest with you, let's be honest, nobody has a magic solution to this problem, any lunatic tomorrow, any person could walk into a theater and do something horrific and you know what, and for us to tell you that that absolutely will not happen would be untrue," Sanders said.
Sanders went on to tout that his campaign was different because he was "telling the truth." A cornerstone of the Sanders campaign has pegged Clinton as beholden to special interests with ties to corporations.
He then hit out a corporations by demanding Walmart start paying its employees a better wage to lessen the burden of the country's welfare system.
During Sunday night's debate, Clinton accused Sanders of voting against the bailout of the auto-industry in Detroit.
On Monday, Sanders said he was against bailing out Wall Street billionaires.
Meanwhile, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Grand Rapids Monday, touring software company Atomic Object.
The event is not open to the general public, but Newschannel 3 is there covering her visit.
We'll have updates on her tour tonight at 5:00.