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Bernie Sanders plans Missoula stop Wednesday

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Missoulians rallied for presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently. Sanders will be in Missoula on Wednesday. (Photo by Martin Kidston)

By Martin Kidston/MISSOULA CURRENT

Democratic Party presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has scheduled a stop in Missoula this week, where he’s expected to pick up his campaign to make college tuition free and rid politics of big money.

Sanders will stop in Billings and Missoula on Wednesday during his “A Future to Believe In” tour. His visit marks the first time a 2016 presidential contender will stop in Missoula during the current election cycle.

According to a campaign announcement released Sunday, Sanders will discuss “a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care.”

Missoulians have already held several Sanders’ rallies, including a fundraiser last month at Free Cycles.

“Before Sanders was ever in the race, I was in favor of getting rid of big money in politics,” said Sanders supporter Linda Gillison. “I don’t think we’ll make any headway in progressive causes until we get big money out of politics, because their causes are never our causes.”

The rally in Missoula is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. in Caras Park. For security reasons, guests are restricted from bringing bags into the event. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.