Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew about 4,000 people to the American Indian Center on Sunday morning ahead of the 2016 primary season. A huge crowd converged in the south Minneapolis venue on East Franklin Avenue while other attendees waited outside. About 3,300 had signed up for the event.
Sanders spoke for just under an hour and advocated for Gov. Mark Dayton's universal preschool proposal, a hotly contested issue this legislative session. He also highlighted income inequality, combating climate change and college education affordability.
In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, he called for early presidential debates between Democrats and Republicans before the primary season commences to address where each party stands on jobs, income inequality, Social Security and heath care.