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Bernie Sanders holds town hall in Vista

Bernie Sanders in Vista, Calif.
Posted at 11:34 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 11:33:14-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in Vista Monday night as part of his two-day tour of Southern California.

Sanders and a panel of local immigration and labor leaders held a town hall-style meeting at the Centro Universidad Popular strip mall, taking questions from the crowd on topics of low wages, health care, prison reform and immigration.

“We will end these ICE raids on community after community,” Sanders promised the crowd as he addressed the topic of immigration.

For those with concerns over health care, Sanders said, “What we are saying is any American can go to any doctor, go to any hospital you want, you have freedom of choice. In terms of older people, we’re expanding Medicare to cover dental, hearing aids and eyeglasses …”

Earlier in the day, Sanders joined some of his Democratic rivals at the UnidosUS 2019 conference in downtown San Diego.

Sen. Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were also in attendance.

Each candidate criticized President Trump and the inaction from Washington following two mass shootings.

On Tuesday, Sanders heads to Los Angeles for a town hall on affordable housing and Long Beach for a campaign rally.