Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat who challenged Hillary Clinton for his party’s nomination as president in 2016, is coming to Louisville as part of his new “Come Together and Fight Back” tour.
Sanders will speak at the Louisville Palace on Tuesday along with new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez; the duo is touring a number of red and purple states in an effort to rebuild the Democratic Party “from the grassroots up” to make sure it is strong and active in all 50 states and focused on “the needs of working class families.”
The event is from 7-9 p.m. and is free to the public. Tickets are not required and admission is first come, first served, though RSVPs are encouraged online.
The press release announcing the event says Sanders and Perez “will speak out for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, pay equity for women, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, combatting climate change, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, criminal justice reform, comprehensive immigration reform and tax reform which demands that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes.”
State Rep. Sannie Overly, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, added in the release that the KDP is excited to welcome both to Kentucky, “where we have been at the forefront of standing up for the Affordable Care Act and other issues that matter to working families. Our party is focused on connecting with grassroots activism and fighting for working families, and this tour is exactly what we need right now.”
Though Sanders recently held a town hall in a coal mining community of West Virginia that voted heavily for Donald Trump last fall, this will be Sanders’ first visit to Kentucky since he held a rally in Louisville last May before the state’s Democratic primary.
Much of the tour is centered around areas where Democrats struggled in 2016. And though Trump trounced Clinton by nearly 30 percentage points in Kentucky, Clinton won 54 percent of the vote in Jefferson County compared to Trump’s 41 percent. Clinton edged out Sanders in Kentucky’s primary last year, though she won Jefferson County by a wide margin.