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The senator brought his campaign to Arizona for the first time this election cycle

Bernie Sanders rally

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) speaks during a campaign rally on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Phoenix Thursday night, two weeks after President Donald Trump hosted a rally at the same venue. Sanders' crowd was much smaller than Trump's but his supporters were loud, responding to Sanders' typical policy talking points.

At the rally, Sanders compared his campaign with former Vice President Joe Biden's, talked about his views on free college, universal health care and redirecting funding to education from the Trump administration's allocations to the military. 

He highlighted how his administration would work to end private prisons, would not be intimidated by the NRA and would listen to what scientists have to say about climate change.

Sanders urged rally attendees to vote early if possible in Arizona's presidential preference election happening on March 17 across the entire state. 

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