Bernie Sanders Rally Draws Big Crowd In Houston

The Vermont senator, who is vying to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, visited the Bayou City for two events.

Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally in Houston on April 24, 2019. The Vermont Senator is vying to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020.

About 1,000 people attended a campaign rally held by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday afternoon in Houston. Sanders is vying to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020.

The rally took place at Discovery Green, with attendees displaying Texas flags and campaign signs. “Our efforts will be based on justice,” said Sanders when he addressed the crowd shortly after 5 p.m. He also said President Donald Trump is dividing America.

Sanders is currently in second place, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, in national polling, according to Real Clear Politics, which compiles multiple polls, including Quinnipiac, Monmouth and Politico.

The independent senator from Vermont ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but lost to Hillary Clinton.

Houstonians gathered at Discovery Green on April 24, 2019, to attend a campaign rally with presidential Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.


Sanders, who is 77 years old, is a declared democratic socialist. One of the main proposals of his platform is making the federal government provide health care, which Democrats are calling Medicare for All this election cycle.

Sanders is also advocating for expanding social security, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, and reforming Wall Street and the criminal justice system.

He said at the Houston rally that Americans shouldn’t feel “anxiety and stress” while trying to feed their families.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sanders participated in another event held in Houston, a presidential forum at Texas Southern University.

EDITOR's NOTE: The original version of this story reported Senator Bernie Sanders is a declared socialist. We have updated the story reporting he is a declared democratic socialist as a more precise description of his political ideology.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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