Sanders loses big in South Carolina

Bernie Sanders
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks the Fort Museum Opera House in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Saturday night was not a great night for Senator Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. Not only did he end up with less than what he had been polling, but it was significantly less.

In Rochester, Minn., Sen. Sanders said his campaign is about more than electing a President. “It is about transforming America. And it is about thinking big and the kind of country we want to become.”

He says his is a message of true democracy. “But what democracy is not about is a handful of billionaires buying elections… What this campaign is about and it’s not easy, is trying to force discussion on issues that Congress chooses not to talk about. And media chooses not to talk about.”

At a Sanders watch party at the Pour House on James Island, I talked to his supporters, including Gina Corsiglia. “I was knocking on doors today, and I think there’s just a lot of people not participating. But when people participate, I think he’s saying things that people like.”

Laure Schroeder said, “and the whole political revolution that Bernie’s talking about is just that. We the people have to stand up and make a difference in these characters out there that want to obstruct everything and get nothing done. And Obama, I love Obama, but he didn’t get a lot done aside from Obamacare.”

Sanders went on to talk about his campaign promises, including how he plans to expand social security, and raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour if elected.

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