Sen. Bernie Sanders heads back to NC ahead of Super Tuesday

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is back in North Carolina ahead of Super Tuesday.

“We’re going to have a lot of people knocking on a lot of doors,” Sanders told CBS 17.

Wednesday, Sanders spent the night with Rev. William Barber in Goldsboro, speaking about poverty and other issues at a midweek service and presidential forum.

“What we’re trying to do in this campaign is re-define what reality is in America,” Sanders said at the event.

Other issues he touched included his Medicare for All plan.

“Four years ago, I came to North Carolina and other states around the country, and I proposed a very, very radical idea,” Sanders told the crowd. “The radical idea is that healthcare is a human right, not a privilege.”

In a one-on-one interview, CBS 17’s Zak Dahlheimer asked Sanders how he plans to fund that and other programs, including free college tuition and eliminating student debt.

“What we do is move to a Medicare for All, single-payer system, which will save many, many hundreds of millions of dollars a year. It’ll lower the cost of healthcare for that family very, very substantially,” Sanders told CBS 17. “In terms of making public colleges and universities tuition-free, what we do is impose a modest tax on Wall Street speculation.”

Trump Victory spokesperson Samantha Cotten released this statement Thursday regarding Sanders’ visit to Goldsboro:

“Bernie Sanders is making the rounds in North Carolina trying to convince voters that socialism is what America needs, but he’s got a hard case to make in the Tar Heel State. Thanks to President Trump’s ‘America First’ policies, North Carolinians are seeing unparalleled success. Voters will reject Sanders’ radical agenda this Tuesday.”

The visit came after Sanders and others debated in South Carolina on CBS News.

“I thought it was quite a show,” Sanders said about the debate. “It was very, very contentious. When you win, as I have, the Iowa caucus, New Hampshire primary, Nevada caucus, suddenly you become the focus of a lot of attention by your opponents.”

As the campaign trail comes through the Triangle, Sanders believes winning North Carolina will be vital.

“We have a strong grassroots, volunteer movement,” he said. “North Carolina is going to be a very important part of Super Tuesday.”

Sanders will be visiting Winston-Salem Thursday. Meanwhile, Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be visiting Raleigh Thursday.

Amy Klobuchar is hosting a grassroots event in Raleigh soon. Click here for more info.

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