Sanders attacks Gov. Walker in Madison speech

Sanders attacks Gov. Walker in Madison speech

MADISON, Wis. — Sen. Bernie Sanders told a Madison crowd his administration would be “the opposite of a Scott Walker administration” at a rally to get out the vote.

Sanders spoke to 4,400 people, according to UW-Madison Police, one of the smallest crowds he’s drawn since beginning his candidacy.

News 3 asked Sanders before the rally if he thought the smaller crowd was because of election fatigue.

“I think that may be the case,” Sanders said.  “It’s not just me, Secretary Clinton has been here, other candidates have been here, and I suspect a lot of people in Wisconsin will be very happy when they don’t see TV ads.  But we have had great responses all over the state and I appreciate that very much.”

Sanders continues to say he believes he has a path to the nomination through winning a fair portion of Wisconsin’s delegates and then moving on to Wyoming and New York.

“If we win here by one vote or five percent or whatever, it will be our seventh victory in eight contests,” Sanders said.  “I think we have a shot to win New York state by a decent vote and we can win a whole lot of delegates and have a path toward victory.”

Sanders issued a long indictment of Walker’s record in Wisconsin during his Madison rally, expressing concern over everything from Act 10 to the Voter ID law and even the state’s Supreme Court race.

“I understand that Governor Scott is trying to maintain control of the Supreme Court with a justice that should not stay on,” Sanders said, encouraging the crowd to vote against incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley.

Sanders also answered questions from News 3 about the recent tone shift of the Democratic race, where he and Clinton have traded barbs about campaign donations from the oil industry and where Clinton accusing Sanders campaign of lying.

“That started, by the way, from somebody not associated with our campaign who raised the issue about how much money she’s getting from the fossil fuel industry, nothing to do with our campaign and she took off after that person,” Sanders said.  “I have tried to run an issues-oriented campaign. I think that’s what the people of America and people of Wisconsin want.”

Sanders will hold rallies in Janesville and Milwaukee Monday.  His campaign has announced he’ll be in Laramie, Wyoming, on the night of Wisconsin’s primary.