By Daniel Strauss
March 15, 2016
Bernie Sanders turned away from the Democratic primary and Hillary Clinton and toward Donald Trump in a speech before supporters in Phoenix on Tuesday.
"The reason that Donald Trump will never be elected president is the American people will not accept insults to Mexicans, to Muslims, or women," Sanders said to a roaring crowd of supporters. "The American people will not accept a president who insults our veterans. Or who several years ago led the so-called birther effort, which was an ugly, ugly attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the presidency of Barack Obama."
Sanders did ding Clinton, too — but he was more than a half-hour into his speech before mentioning the Democratic front-runner by name. Early on, Sanders simply referred to her as his opponent, as he knocked her for having a super PAC.
"She has a super PAC, which among other special interest has received $15 million from Wall Street. She has received money from the drug companies and the fossil-fuel industry," Sanders said. "She has given speeches on Wall Street for $225,000 a pop. Now to my mind, if you're going to give a speech for $225,000, it must be a really great speech."
Sanders' speech highlighted his campaign's focus on Arizona, his highest priority of the trio of states next up on the Democratic primary calendar. (The others are Utah and Idaho.) Sanders made sure to lace his speech with references to immigration reform as he courts Latino voters in the state.
"This campaign is listening to the Latino community," Sanders said. "What the Latino community is telling me is they are tired of living in the shadows. They are tired of living in fear and being exploited. They want, I want, comprehensive immigration reform. And a path toward citizenship."
"Next week Arizona has a very important election. We will win if the voter turnout is high. Let's make it high," Sanders concluded.
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