New York: Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a rally in front of a jubilant crowd at Washington Square Park on Wednesday night.
The Vermont senator spoke to a crowd full of youth. The Sanders campaign said that around 27,000 people attended the rally. At the rally, the Democratic presidential hopeful claimed that he was the only candidate who has rejected funding from "the billionaire class."
He also did not miss the chance to highlight the differences between himself and Democratic presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton.
"You can tell a lot about a candidate and the campaign they run by how they raise the money to run those campaigns," he said. "When we began this campaign, we had to make a choice. Would we do what every other campaign is doing and establish a superPAC? We agreed with you. We do not represent the billionaire class. We do not represent corporate America. We do not represent Wall Street. We do not want their money."
Sanders attacked Clinton for raising money from superPACs - one of which he said raised $25 million from special interests and $15 million from Wall Street alone. He also slammed Clinton for accepting a fee of $225,000 for a speech. "It must be an extraordinary speech," Sanders said. "It must be a speech that can solve most of the world's problems. It must be a speech written in Shakespearean prose."
The Vermont senator also praised newly-passed laws in New York and other states that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Sanders added that after becoming president he would raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour and end the gender pay gap between men and women. "Women in America want the whole damn dollar," he said. "They're right."