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Sanders Campaign Press Release - Sanders Releases New California Ad

May 24, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign on Tuesday released a new television spot that will run in California ahead of the state's June 7 primary election.

"What choice do Californians have in this election?" Sanders asks in the ad. "The biggest one of all. You have the power to choose a new direction for the Democratic Party. To break the back of a corrupt system of campaign finance that keeps a rigged economy in place. To stand up to Wall Street and make the wealthy pay their fair share. To fight for tuition-free public colleges and universities."

Sanders on Monday called on Hillary Clinton to join him for a debate in the country's most populous state, but the former secretary of state declined to participate. Sanders said it was "insulting to the people of California - our largest state - that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how we address the major crises we face."

"California, it's a long way to Washington, but you can send them a message they can't ignore," Sanders says as the ad concludes.

Sanders ran a spot in California in April during one of Clinton's high dollar fundraisers in the state. The ad, called "$27," focused on the average contribution to the senator's grassroots campaign. Clinton asked donors to raise $353,400 to get a seat next to her at the head table during two California fundraisers. George Clooney, the actor who hosted both events, called that an "obscene amount of money."

Bernie Sanders, Sanders Campaign Press Release - Sanders Releases New California Ad Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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