FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The presidential primary is about five months away and before that crucial step in his bid for the white house, Democratic Candidate Bernie Sanders is on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State, trying to broaden his appeal with local voters.
Senator Sanders made his second visit in South Carolina as a presidential candidate with three stops, including in Florence, Saturday.
"The bottom line is that as a nation we can and must do a lot better than what we're doing to protect the needs of low income and working people," Senator Sanders said. "We need an economy that works for all of us and not just a handful of billionaires, and that's what this campaign is all about."
With that, he addressed unemployment, especially with the youth,and a greater focus on education. He said we have to invest in jobs and education, not jails and incarceration.
He personalized his speech to South Carolina voters saying it costs taxpayers less money to send people to the University of South Carolina, than to jail.
He spoke about adding more jobs with a focus on improving our infrastructure, and supporting teachers, to name a few.
Other topics he spoke in support of were benefits for veterans, reforms to the criminal justice system, universal health care and racial equality.
Sanders received several standing ovations for the night, including when he spoke on avoiding a war in Iran.
"Just the fact that he came to South Carolina, someone as liberal as he is, and addressed the issues he did, is wonderful," Elaine Reed from Marion said.
"I know he was here a couple of weeks ago and so far he's the only candidate that I even know if that's been over to this part of South Carolina and to me that's telling right there," local voter Pete Mikolon said.
The presidential hopeful ended his speech asking the crowd to join him in his political revolution, saying when we stand together by the tens of millions, there's nothing we can't accomplish.
Sanders also made stops to Benedict College and Winthrop University, Saturday.