Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took to stage in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Tuesday night to a loud and rowdy audience, shouting, “Thank you, New Hampshire!”
Just moments before, the Vermont senator was officially declared winner of the state’s Democratic primary, beating out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- whom he immediately congratulated for “waging a vigorous campaign.”
The self-described socialist also thanked his volunteers that “work night and day,” before reiterating the focuses of his campaign between the occasional chants of “Bernie.”
“Together we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California -- and that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACs,” Sanders said as he was met with loud applause.
Americans will not accept a rigged economy, he said, in which ordinary Americans work longer hours for lower wages.
Throughout his speech, Sanders repeatedly stated the significance of global warming and at one point bashed Republicans, who he described as “a political party that cannot acknowledge the scientific reality of climate change.”
While Sanders acknowledged the importance of the fight to defeat ISIS, he clarified that it should be accomplished in a way that doesn’t send our troops into “perpetual warfare.”
Those sentiments came after Sanders stated that the U.S. must fix what he described as a “broken immigration system that divides families.” Rather, we must create an easier path towards citizenship, he said.
It was a record-breaking voter turnout on Tuesday -- a phenomenon that Sanders attributed to supporters who “harnessed the energy and excitement that the Democratic Party will need to succeed in November.”
Though a painful and significant loss for Clinton, the outcome in New Hampshire was expected. Before Sanders spoke, Clinton took to stage and first congratulated the Vermont senator on his victory.
With former president Bill Clinton by her side, she reiterated the main focuses of her campaign, stating, "People are angry. And they have every right to be. But I know they’re also hungry. They’re hungry for solutions."
Clinton and Sanders will meet face-to-face Thursday during the Democratic debate in Milwaukee.