Bernie Sanders to hold rally at Penn State

Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Penn State.
Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Penn State. AP photo

Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Penn State a week before Pennsylvania’s primaries.

It will be the Vermont senator’s first visit to Centre County on the campaign trail. He will also be the first presidential hopeful to make an appearance in the area. His campaign and Hillary Clinton’s have already held several smaller events, without the Democratic candidates, in State College.

Clinton, according to her campaign, does not have plans yet to visit State College. It is unknown if any Republican presidential hopefuls will visit the county.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said Sanders is the only candidate to approach the university about holding an event.

“In the spirit of the democratic process, we welcome all major candidates,” Powers said. “We think this is a tremendous learning experience for our students and the community, as well. It offers a great opportunity to see the candidates, hear their thoughts on issues and weigh the options before you go to the polls. Obviously, Pennsylvania is playing a key role in the upcoming election, and we are thrilled to be part of the democratic process.”

The rally for Sanders will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Rec Hall on Penn State’s campus. It is a ticketed event, and tickets can be obtained online. The doors will open at 4 p.m., and people will have to show printed or digital confirmation of their ticket to get in.

Sanders will discuss “getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care,” according to his campaign.

The campaign asked that people not bring bags and said weapons, sharp objects, chairs, signs and banners would not be allowed in.

Handicapped-accessible parking, though limited, will be available in Lot Red A. The Nittany Parking Deck also has ADA parking. There will be no general visitor parking on site. Visitors, according to the campaign, are encouraged to walk, bike and use CATA.

Vehicle parking will be available in Lot 44 or Stadium West.

“We have a logistical team that comes together with members from the major areas impacted, such as governmental relations, physical plant, strategic communications, ICA, transportation devices and police,” Powers said. “We work with the campaign advance staff to not only meet their needs, but the needs of the campus community.”

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