Twenty days before the Pennsylvania Primary, and with the crucial Wisconsin and New York primaries in the gap, Bernie Sanders is coming to Temple University for a rally – in two days on Wednesday night.
Bernie Sanders Rally – Philly
Hillary Clinton has been in New Jersey several times already in the last few months, but as far as I know only for high-dollar fundraisers and not to rallies or other public appearances. Clinton’s raised $3.3 million dollars from NJ through the end of February – and that doesn’t include the event for her in Tenafly last Friday, where the price of admission was $2,700.
She will be in Philadelphia Wednesday too, but at Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s convention, where she will address 700 labor leaders and delegates. Sanders will speak to the group also, on the following day, Thursday morning. In a primary which has seen the bulk of union endorsements go to Clinton, AFL-CIO’s decision to hold off on endorsing either Democrat is seen as a big boost to Sanders.
AFL-CIO has taken a leading role in the #FightFor15 movement to raise the minimum wage to a more just $15 per hour. This morning, Clinton was in NYC with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, just after he signed the legislation enacting a statewide $15 minimum wage plan. Clinton was harshly criticized for trying to steal the spotlight on #FightFor15, because she refused to endorse the movement driven by labor and progressive groups. Clinton tried to straddle a middle ground, comfortable supporting local efforts for a $15 livable wage but calling it too high for a national requirement and favoring a $12 hourly rate. Sanders has rallied with workers fighting for more just wages several times.
No word on a Sanders or Clinton public rally yet inside New Jersey. Our primary is June 7.