MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Hundreds of people showed up to Chapin Memorial Park Thursday evening for a chance to hear from and ask questions to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
During the Thursday night event, he discussed his recently announced plan to address climate change, The Green New Deal. This is a more than $16 trillion plan that lays out the blue print for how he plans to combat what he calls a climate crisis.
“Last year, Hurricane Florence dumped a record breaking six months of rain on South Carolina and North Carolina over a course of just a few days making it the wettest tropical system to ever strike the east coast. National Geographic reported that quote, ‘Hurricane Florence’s rains were more than 50% worse than what it would have been without global warming.. the end of quote,’” Sanders said.
Watch Sanders’ town hall event held at Chapin Park:
Sanders discussed everything from job growth to education and health care reform.
“We got 500,000 people going bankrupt because they’ve been diagnosed with cancer or heart disease or Alzheimer’s disease. In America, you should not have to go bankrupt because you are seriously ill. That is disgraceful,” Sanders said.
Sander’s said he disagrees with his political opponents and says that if we as a nation don’t step out of our comfort zone and change the way we’re living soon, than a later may not be promised.
“The effects of climate change will lead to the deaths of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children across the globe every single year from factors such as malnutrition, heat stress, malaria, and other diseases," Sanders said.
WMBF News reached out to the South Carolina Republican National Committee and asked them about Sanders’ visit to the state and about his Climate Crisis Town Hall.
RNC spokesperson Joe Jackson sent us this statement:
“Bernie Sanders is running on a platform which would devastate South Carolina: his new plan is the Green New Deal on steroids and would eliminate the use of all gas powered engines, nationalize energy production, and would cause energy prices to skyrocket for families and businesses. It’s clear where Comrade Sanders stands, and it isn’t with South Carolinians. While President Trump continues to fight for energy independence, Sanders’ agenda would literally leave South Carolinians in the dark and without a job.”
Sanders has a breakfast and town hall at the JB Beck Recreation Center in Georgetown planned for Friday morning at 9 a.m. He will then make an appearance at Florence after 5.