Sanders: 'We're going to have to do really, really well' in Green Bay

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders campaigns at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, April 4, 2016.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders campaigns at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, April 4, 2016. (WLUK/Andrew LaCombe)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says expects to win Wisconsin's primary Tuesday if there is a high voter turnout.

The Vermont senator just campaigned at UW-Green Bay Friday evening but returned to downtown Green Bay's KI Convention Center Monday afternoon on a final campaign swing.

"The reason that we came back is we consider Green Bay to be one of the important locations in the state of Wisconsin that we're going to have to do really, really well in," said Sanders.

His rival, Hillary Clinton, campaigned in New York Monday. But former president Bill Clinton campaigned on his wife's behalf in Milwaukee.

Sanders says he wants to continue what he calls momentum in the race.

"We have won six out of the last seven caucuses and primaries," said Sanders.

Part of his speech focused on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a former presidential candidate. Sanders told the crowd they can envision what his administration would be like in Washington by thinking about the opposite of Walker's work in Wisconsin.

Sanders specifically criticized the state's voter ID law.

"If elected president we are going to make it easier for people to participate in the political process," said Sanders. "Bottom line is you're 18 years of age or older, you're an American citizen, you are entitled to vote in the United States."

Walker has said the law protects the integrity of the voter process by preventing fraud.

Sanders has painted himself as an outsider and has endorsements from only two Democratic state lawmakers in Wisconsin. That includes State Rep. Eric Genrich of Green Bay.

"The knowledge that he's brought to bear when questions are brought about war and peace, so I think he's the candidate who's best placed to make the smartest decisions about foreign policy," said Genrich.

Genrich says about 30 elected state Democrats have endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Clinton spoke in Manhattan Monday morning with New York's governor to celebrate a state bill that will gradually raise New York's minimum wage to $15 an hour. The same measure also establishes paid family leave for New York workers.

Clinton has called to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, saying states and cities can set a higher standard.

"I again will proudly take what's happened here in New York and go to Washington to get paid family leave for everyone," said Clinton.

At a campaign event later Monday inCohoes, New York, Clinton also highlighted economic issues.

"The most important economic issue in this campaign will be ensuring that we have a Democrat in the White House come next January," she said.

Sanders has made a $15 minimum wage a top issue of his campaign.

UWGB political science professor Aaron Weinschenk says Clinton and Sanders have stepped up their criticisms of each other in Wisconsin, including a back and forth before scheduling another debate ahead of the New York primary.

"I think that reflects the fact that it's competitive," said Weinschenk. "If you look at the recent polling, especially here in Wisconsin, the race is pretty close, Bernie pulling ahead a little bit, but still very narrow."

Weinschenk says Clinton and Sanders could end up winning similar numbers of delegates Tuesday, making New York's primary in two weeks even more crucial for Sanders.

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