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Bernie Sanders fills USC's Russell House Theater

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Hundreds of students lined up for the chance to see Bernie Sanders. Hundreds of students lined up for the chance to see Bernie Sanders.
Student Vincent Felix says Sanders made the right choice coming to USC. Student Vincent Felix says Sanders made the right choice coming to USC.

By: Renée Cooper

It is a big week for politics in South Carolina. As presidential candidates fight for votes in and around Columbia. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders visited the University of South Carolina yesterday.

Hundreds of USC students stood in a line from the Russell House theater all the way to the Thomas Cooper library, more than the 300 the theater could accommodate.

Why was Sanders worth a three-four hour wait?

"Here at USC we have so many different types of people and types of views. For him to come here and talk to us, that message that he's campaigning on is what we believe in, of course it's a perfect fit for us," said Marketing major Vincent Felix.

"It's a huge opportunity and I think the line represents how excited everyone is for Bernie," added Political Science major David Shiley.

Sanders picked social and political topics that college students could relate to, including student loans and student debt. He told the audience that they should not be punished for getting a good education.

The Vermont senator also held a strong stance about police brutality.

"When a police officer breaks the law, like any other public official, that police officer must be held accountable," he explained.

USC students responded with continuous applause and many chanted "Bernie!" when they liked something the candidate said. The rally seemed to secure his vote with supporters, and even show a few on the fence voters how to feel the Bern.

Sanders' speech was carried live on campus cable and streamed online for students, faculty and community members that were unable to watch from inside the theater. Sanders left immediately following the rally and hit the road for Charleston for a Town Hall meeting.

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