Thousands Attend Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally in Richmond

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Thousands came out to Richmond Monday to join Democratic presidential front runner and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in a rally ahead of Super Tuesday.

Sanders appeared at the Craneway Pavillion as part of his Bernie Get Out the Vote Rally, which featured a little bit of everything -- a Hollywood star, Bay Area politicians, and even topless protesters.

The campaign said more than 10,000 people packed the event center to see Sanders. Inside, it got so packed so sweltering that at least one person fainted.

Sanders brought out star power at the rally with the help of San Francisco native and actor Danny Glover.

"Once he gets in the White House, he's going to work with us!" Glover said during the rally.

There was also support from progressive political heavyweights like San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, and the Oakland community organizer behind the Moms 4 Housing movement.

"I feel like Bernie is going to be the one to bring us into the more progressive era of politics and help bring us into a newer age," said Juliete Messier, a Pleasanton resident who attended the event.

Meanwhile, topless dairy industry protesters tried to steal Sanders' spotlight, but were quickly escorted out by security. Sanders took a shot at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has poured hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into his bid for the White House.

"Mr. Bloomberg like anybody else has a right to run for president," Sanders said. "He does not have a right to buy the presidency!"

Sanders after the event did not spend too much time in the Bay Area. He was scheduled to attend another rally Monday evening at Tacoma, Washington.

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