MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Bernie Sanders is no longer a presidential candidate, but he still got the rock star treatment when he took the stage to stump for Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon.
He made it clear that Democrats have just one choice regardless, whether voters like the candidates are not.
"It's not about personalities,” Sanders said. “It's about the middle class and the future of the country.”
Cutting through the personalities, especially with young voters is part of the reason the Clinton campaign sent Sanders to Minnesota.
Among Millennials, Minnesota had a nearly 58 percent voting rate in 2012. According to census data, that was the fifth highest rate in the country, though still considerably lower than the 77 percent voting rate among those older than 30. Nationwide the voting rate among Millennials dropped to 45 percent from a peak in 2008.
This year is considered as big of a change election as 2008, but polling indicates Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have historically high negatives. That's where sanders comes in as the Clinton campaign hopes that he can make DFL voters “Bern” for Clinton, too.
"So I ask you to make sure that you do everything you can to get out and vote, make your friends vote and elect Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States," said Sanders.