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Sen. Sanders Campaigns For Hillary Clinton At UC

Jay Hanselman

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking his supporters and other Democrats to spend the next several days working to make sure Republican Donald Trump is not the next president.  

The former Democratic candidate is now supporting Hillary Clinton.  

He spoke to 1,200 people during a University of Cincinnati rally Thursday.

Sander said the election is not a personality contest.

"You don't like Mr. Trump, you don't like Mrs. Clinton, fine," Sanders said. "What this election is about is which candidate has the ideas and the program to improve life for the working families and the middle class of this country."

Sanders also told the crowd that politics does not end on Election Day.  He is asking people to stay involved.

"We need millions of Americans, and I think young people are going to play the leadership role in this regard, standing up to demand a government and a country that works for all of us, not just the CEOs of large corporations."

Sanders hit several themes from his own presidential campaign including 12-weeks of paid family and medical leave, guaranteed health care, criminal justice reform, tuition free college education, and a focus on dealing with climate change.

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A crowd beginning to fill a University of Cincinnati auditorium to hear Vermont Sen. Bernie Sander speaks on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Winnie Boal lives in Cincinnati now, but considers Michigan her home.  She stood in line for more than two hours to hear Sanders speak.  She said she is focused on progressive policies.

"That he'll actually be trying to press the Clinton administration to follow progressive policies," Boal said.

Boal said she will be voting for Hillary Clinton for president.  

Sander's is one of several surrogates who have been campaigning in Ohio in advance of next week's election.  
President Obama spoke in Columbus Tuesday.  Clinton herself returns to the Cleveland area Sunday for a campaign rally.

Republican Donald Trump will be in Wilmington for a rally Friday afternoon.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.