Sanders backers pleased with tone of unity in Montpelier speech

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Now that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has held the first Green Mountain State rally of his 2020 presidential campaign, what do people who attended think of his remarks on the State House lawn?

They gave him high marks, but that might be expected. Sanders consistently ranks as one of the lawmakers in Washington who’s the most popular with the people he or she represents.

Those we spoke with say they were pleased with the tone of unity among all Americans that they believe he struck.

“Unite us instead of divide us,” Jenny Weatherholtz of Winooski said. “Let’s all find what we can have in common. Let’s talk about things that are really important — climate change, institutionalized racism, social justice…I think, things that a lot of people can agree on.”

“Not a single candidate can get anything done unless we have an involved, active and informed citizenry,” Rick Maynard of Manchester, New Hampshire said. “He didn’t hone in on that message today, and I think that’s the basis of his campaign.”

Sanders backers told us they’re not bothered by the fact that he waited this long to hold a campaign event in Vermont. He kicked off his 2020 campaign several months ago with a rally in Brooklyn, where he was born.

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