Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, spoke to a crowd of almost 10,000 on July 1 — the most that any other candidate has drawn in thus far.
Sanders announced in May that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President in the 2016 election, in his state Vermont where he drew in a crowd of about 5,000.
Republican contender Senator Ted Cruz had 11,000 people at his campaign kickoff, though it was held at Liberty University, where attendance was mandatory for students.
The Senator spoke at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he espoused his typical progressive ideals on income inequality and climate change. His hour long speech called for increased minimum wage, paid leave for women, single-payer healthcare, and free tuition at state universities.
The self-identified “Democratic Socialist” still lags behind fellow Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, however. A recent CNN/ORC poll shows that Clinton polls at 57% with Democrats whereas Sanders polls at 14%.
He also addressed the challenges of his campaign, specifically raising money on par with his fellow candidates.
“At the end of the day, they may have the money, but we have the people. And when the people stand together, we can do anything.”