- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told an enthusiastic crowd at the University of Nevada Tuesday night his call for political revolution is gaining momentum, but he’ll need their help to overcome his opponents’ huge fundraising advantages.

More than 4,000 people waved placards and chanted “Bernie, Bernie” outside the student union on the Reno campus, including more than 100 perched throughout an adjacent five-story parking garage.

“This campaign is on the move. This campaign is going to end up in victory,” Sanders said.

“The momentum from one end of this country to the other has been extraordinary,” said the senator from Vermont, noting, “this is the first crowd we’ve had where people were in a parking facility.”

Sanders didn’t mention Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton or any Republican presidential candidates by name during his hour-long speech, but he insisted he’s different than all of them.

‘We are running against candidates who receive the bulk of their money from Super PACs funded by millionaires and billionaires,” Sanders said. “What I’ve said from day one, I don’t believe in the billionaire agenda. I don’t believe in the corporate agenda. I don’t want their money.”

Instead, the Democratic socialist who wants to raise taxes on corporations to finance tuition-free college across the nation said he’s raised more individual contributions than any other campaign - nearly 400,000 at an average of $31.20 per contributor.

“When we began this campaign all three and a half months ago, a lot of the media pundits were saying , yeah he’s a nice guy, he’s interesting, but who really is going to support the idea of a political revolution?” he said. “Turns out, a whole lot of people.”

Sanders and Clinton both were in Las Vegas earlier Tuesday to speak to labor unions at the Nevada AFL-CIO convention.

At both Nevada stops, Sanders pushed his proposals for a single-payer health care system and increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He got the loudest response on the Reno campus when he said he’d tax Wall Street speculators $70 billion annually to finance his plan to make tuition free at every public college and university in the country.

“That is not a radical idea. That is a commonsense idea,” Sanders said to cheers. “The working class and the middle class of this country bailed out Wall Street. … It’s time for Wall Street to come to the aid of working families.”


Kimberly Pierceall in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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