Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd in New Hampshire, along with fellow Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley on Sunday evening.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner was held at The Radisson in downtown Manchester and welcomed 1,400 tried and true Democratic supporters to share in one of the biggest fundraising events for the Democratic Party.
With just a little more than two months before the New Hampshire primary, Clinton and Sanders are locked into a neck and neck contest, adding some emphasis to this year’s New Hampshire Democratic fundraising event.
The party expected to raise over $250,000 at its annual dinner.
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley each spent time discussing the issues of upmost importance to them and their campaign, but they didn’t entirely leave out their Republican counterparts.
O’Malley took a shot at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump by likening him to Joseph McCarthy:
“Just as Joe McCarthy could look at any problem and spot an invisible communist lurking behind it, Donald Trump blames everything on new American immigrants and Muslim Americans,”
Sanders, Clinton and O’Malley discussed their differences on economic issues, but soon shifted to highlighting their policies that would protect the United States from foreign and domestic acts of terror in light of recent events.
Sanders was adamant about being responsible and careful with our foreign policy:
“As everybody knows, we live in a difficult and dangerous world, and there are people out there who want to do us harm,” Sanders said. “As president, I will defend this nation – but I will do it responsibly.”
He also discussed the responsibility of Middle Eastern countries taking the lead with American support.
“The fight against ISIS is a struggle for the soul of Islam, and countering violent extremism and destroying ISIS must be done primarily by Muslim nations,” Sanders said.
O’Malley said that he believes a broader approach against the Islamic State would be more effective.
“This is a global problem that requires a global solution.”
Clinton said that this is a “personal” matter to her, and told the audience:
“You are not just electing a president, you are picking a Commander-in-Chief.
Sanders spent time drawing distinctions between the former secretary of state and himself.
Sanders said that he looks to pull off one of the great upset in United States political history and mentioned how he sees himself being a part of the future of the Democratic Party.
“I see a future not just for my candidacy but also for the Democratic Party.
I believe the campaign we are running is a campaign that not only regains the White House but takes the Democratic Party in a huge step forward into the future.”
“We are running a campaign which calls for a political revolution and tonight I ask all of you to join in that revolution.”
O’Malley also mentioned his vision for the future of the Democratic Party:
“As Democrats, we must cast aside the worn out politics of the past.”
Sanders’ and Clinton’s crowds at the event were said to have been of similar size with hundreds in support of each candidate.