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Sen. Bernie Sanders stops by Portland to promote new book

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Sen. Sanders meeting a supporter in Portland Thursday. Sen. Sanders meeting a supporter in Portland Thursday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' newest book. Sen. Bernie Sanders' newest book.

Former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders visited Portland Thursday to promote his newest book, “Our Revolution” and was visited by a large crowd who were still "feeling the Bern."

The hundreds of fans who got tickets to a meet-and-greet started lining up at Powell’s Books in downtown Portland hours ahead of the noon event. Powell’s expected some 600 people at the event.

While Sanders may not have won the Democratic nomination, he won a lot of hearts in the Rose City during his campaign.

“We ended up winning about 46 percent of the popular vote in the Democratic primary process, including winning right here in Oregon, and I want to thank the people of Oregon for their strong support,” Sanders told the press before greeting his supporters.

Sanders said his new book is about his vision for America. It chronicles his presidential campaign and some of the biggest issues he says we face, like health care, income inequality and childhood poverty.“What this book talks about is the need for millions of people to come together to tell the billionaire class, to tell the top 1 percent, that they cannot have it all,” Sanders added. “That we can and must create a nation which works for all of us and a government which represents ordinary people and not just the people on top.”

Megan Bowen drove nearly six hours to spend a few seconds with Sanders, and she told FOX 12 it was well worth it.

“What I told him is I’m an out gay woman living in rural eastern Oregon, and I’m terrified," Bowen said, nearly in tears. "And I asked him if he’d be my voice and he said, 'I am your voice.' And he hugged me.”

She attended the meet-and-greet with her niece, Emily Bowen, who credited Sanders with getting her interested in politics.

“It’s amazing to be able to meet somebody in person you’ve been supporting for so long,” Emily said. “I’ve been to several of his rallies and he’s such an inspiring person. I just wanted to be able to shake his hand and say thank you.”

In his comments to the press at Powell’s Thursday, Sen. Sanders also criticized some of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and said they contradict Trump’s campaign promises.

"Mr. Trump told us and told working families that he would not cut social security, Medicare and Medicaid,” Sanders said. "And yet he just appointed someone to be the head of HHS (Health and Human Services) whose mission in life is to cut Medicare and Medicaid."

Whoever is in the White House, some Portlanders say they’re still feeling the Bern and looking for more coming from the senator.

“Whether or not he runs for president again, I think he’s still an important voice,” supporter Jake Street said.

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