Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to speak at two rallies in Seattle on Aug. 8.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will headline a Social Security rally Saturday Aug. 8 in Seattle, organizers say.
Sanders, Vermont’s independent U.S. senator, will speak at the Social Security Works Washington event, which starts at 1 p.m. in Westlake Park.
The rally, organized by a group of labor and community activists, will celebrate “decades of success” for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, according to the Washington Community Action Network (CAN).
Sanders’ campaign also plans a second rally 6 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, where he’ll talk about issues including getting big money out of politics.
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Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, is running as a progressive alternative to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
He recently proposed to expand Medicare coverage to cover all Americans as a single-payer national health-insurance system.
As a fiery progressive who rails against money in politics and corporate oligarchy, Sanders is likely to draw a big crowd in Seattle.
Xochitl Maykovich, an organizer with Washington CAN said the group had expected 1,000 at the Westlake Park event. But with news of Sanders headlining, “I think things might change,” she said.
This will be Sanders’ first visit to Washington state since announcing his candidacy in May. Clinton visited in June for a closed-door fundraiser, but made no public appearances.
In addition to Sanders, the Aug. 8 Westlake Park event will feature speeches from U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, state Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.