Five U.S. Presidential Candidates Visit Pasadena in Two Days, More to Come

Published : Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 5:22 AM

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee all made campaign stops in Pasadena on May 30 and 31, 2019.

The campaign trail for the Democratic party candidacy in the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections ran through Pasadena this week as no fewer than five candidates stumped here on Thursday and Friday.

First, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who touts herself as having the strongest anti-Trump record in the entire U.S. Senate, met with locals at a small affair at Women’s City Club of Pasadena on Thursday.

On Friday Vermont Senator Bernie Sander drew thousands to a publicized free public rally at the Pasadena Convention Center at noon, then headed three blocks east to the Pasadena Hilton to appear in an immigration forum with fellow presidential hopefuls California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

There, the four Democratic contenders fielded questions from the moderators and more than 500 members of “directly impacted communities” at the Immigrant Unity and Freedom Presidential Forum of 2019.

Reliable sources indicated that additional candidates intend to campaign in Pasadena soon, including former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg.

Here are two reports on Friday’s 2020 Presidential Election events in Pasadena:


Presidential Hopeful Sanders Addresses Exuberant Pasadena Rally

U.S. Presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is greeted by Pasadena Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday, May 31, 2019

Concentrating on a message of economic justice, U.S. presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed an exuberant crowd Friday at the Pasadena Convention Center.

“This country belongs to all of us,” Sanders told a ballroom crowd of approximately 2,000 people. ‘This campaign is us, not me,” he added.

Sanders, one of more than 20 seeking the Democratic nomination, homed in the theme of justice, saying “I am about economic justice, racial justice and environmental justice. We will take a hard look at what is happening in this country. We are taking on Wall Street, and we will break up the large financial institutions.”

Sanders also pledged to take on large drug companies, and “cut the cost of prescription drugs by half.”

Added Sanders, “We are taking on the fossil fuel industry. Their short term profits are not more important than the future of this planet.”

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Four U.S. Presidential Candidates Discuss Immigration Issues at National Forum in Pasadena

2020 U.S. Presidential election contender Senator Kamala Harris appeared with Senator Bernie Sanders, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Washington Governor Jay Inslee at the “Unity and Freedom Presidential Forum” in Pasadena on May 31, 2019. Photo by Brian Biery.

Hewing closely to themes of inclusiveness and openness, four major Democratic presidential candidates delivered their positions on America’s immigration issues Friday at the Pasadena Hilton.

The candidates — former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, California Senator Kamala Harris, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee — spoke at the “Unity and Freedom Presidential Forum” presented by Firm Action, the CHIRLA Action Fund, and Community Change Action.

All of the candidates hit out at President Donald Trump, calling him “racist,” and “dangerous,” and pledged to work with the forum’s sponsoring groups to roll back current immigration policies.

As part of the meeting’s format the candidates heard personal stories from audience members, who then asked more detailed questions regarding the candidates’ stance on various immigration issues.

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