Bernie Sanders Reminds NYC Rally of Brooklyn Roots Ahead of State Primary

The Vermont senator recalled his youth at a rally in the south Bronx.

The venue was overflowing with attendees, many of whom spilled over into an adjacent baseball field. Some Sanders supporters hoping for a glimpse of the Vermont senator-turned-Democratic presidential hopeful even climbed trees and fanned out on hillsides.

Sanders reminded the crowd of his New York City roots, explaining, “We lived in a three-and-a-half room, rent-controlled apartment in Brooklyn. So I learned a little bit about what it means to grow up in a family that has no money. I went to public schools in Brooklyn, New York. I had a good education and I want every kid in this city and in this state to have a quality, good, public education.”

During his Bronx event, Sanders ticked through his usual list of policy differences between himself and Clinton and criticized her for her paid speeches to Wall Street as he often does on the campaign trail. “I kind of think that if you're going to get paid $250,000 for a speech, it must be a brilliant speech," he said. "It must be an earth-shattering speech. I think the American people have the right to hear it.”

New York has 197 crucial delegates up for grabs. In order to win the nomination, Sanders would likely need to win a large majority of them. He ended his night urging the crowd to come out to vote. “If we win here in New York we are going to make it to the White House."