MILWAUKEE — The Democratic presidential primary — a tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, nationally as well as in Wisconsin — stops in the battleground state to help voters distinguish a candidate.
PBS Newshour and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee set the stage to bring the candidates to the people.
And Wisconsinites brought the people to the candidates.
IT ISN’T OFTEN THAT ORDINARY CITIZENS GET CLOSE TO THEIR REPRESENTATIVES. THE SIXTH DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY AT UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE WOULD BRING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WISCONSIN’S GENERAL POPULATION TO GET INVOLVED. AND THEY WOULDN’T MISS IT.
WITH PROPONENTS AND OPPONENTS FOR BOTH CANDIDATES ABOUND, PROTESTORS, LIKE MARK KELDERMAN, TAKE DEMOCRACY TO THE STREETS.
“Bernie Sanders is supporting our position for legalized cannabis. We’re cancer survivors. We’re fathers of college students, who could be kicked out of school, whose student loans could be called in instantly. I was a cosigner, could be subject to forfeiture — property forfeiture. Hillary does not favor legalization. She favors moving cannabis into schedule two, which would keep it there for a couple more decades.”
CASSIE STEINER IS WITH A GROUP CONCERNED WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS LEFT BY THE MIDWEST’S EXISTING CRUDE OIL PIPE SYSTEMS, AND THEIR POTENTIAL EXPANSIONS.
“The Alberta-Clipper Pipeline that we’re specifically talking about is going to be larger than the rejected Keystone XL, yet media and candidates have been relatively quiet about their positions on this issue, and it would be up to our next president to determine whether this pipeline will go through with its expansion or not.”
TWO CANCELED CLASSES AND LEARNING OF THE MARGINAL STUDENT INVOLVEMENT IN THE DEBATE GAVE OLIVER EDWARD A CASE OF DEMOCRACY FEVER, AS WELL.
“For one, it’s a democratic debate. You have — they gave us two options. You have either Bernie Sanders or Hillary, and it’s been those two the whole time, so you already have limited say, if you’re a democrat. And then, you’re promoting yourself on our campus, and the democrats want youth, but they’re not involving us at all. You can go downstairs and get a picture with a cutout of Hillary and Bernie, everyone’s taking over our campus, and we get 25 tickets. That’s not right.”
SKILLET JOHNSON AND HIS GROUP FOUND LUCK OUTSIDE THE PRESS ROOM JUST AS THE DEBATE WAS ABOUT TO START.
“I’m here with the Fight for 15, and the reason we gathered in here today is because we came to Milwaukee for the democratic debate, and we’re making it known that we need $15 an hour and the right to form a union, immigration reform, black lives matter, affordable childcare for all, and also affordable senior citizens’ care for all.”
“We deep. Like I said, I’m from St. Louis, and I came all the way from St. Louis to Milwaukee to make my voice be heard, and we going to make a stand here today. I know for a fact we have Florida, we got Chicago, of course we got Milwaukee — we even got Alabama here today — to make our voice heard.”
“I want you guys to support the Fight for 15. It’s a global campaign, a national campaign and stand up with all workers if they tell you to come out and support them. You be blessed and have a wonderful rest of your day.”
FROM THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE AT UWM, I’M JOHN HOLMAN FOR ONE MILWAUKEE.