Update: More than 1,500 people packed into the Reno City Plaza on Wednesday to see Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders speak. Some people had very personal reasons for being there. 

“They can't afford to take their kids to the hospital because the copay and the deductibles are so high,” said Sanders during his speech. Jana Menges waited three and a half hours to hear Bernie Sanders speak on healthcare. “The pharmacy told me without insurance it is $12,000 dollars a month for someone with breast cancer. But for all those people who don't have insurance? What about them,” said Menges. “We need a civilized healthcare system. A system with no co-pays , no deductibles, and no premiums. That allows all Americans to go to the doctor’s office,” said Sanders.

Healthcare and keeping down prescription costs are just a couple of the issues Sanders addressed at his campaign rally in Downtown Reno on Wednesday. “We introduced legislation that would put a tax on Wall Street speculation. With that money we will fund free tuition at public colleges,” said Sanders.

Some who are at the rally are simply fans of the man that many simply call Bernie. “I am going to do everything I can to make sure that the Unites States does not get caught in a never ending war in Iran,” said Sanders. “I'd listen to Bernie sanders read a phone book,” said Alex Winters who attended the campaign rally in Reno.

Others who are at the rally, are those who are called undecided voters. “I’m hoping that he will say something that will bring the country together and make things better for the world,” said undecided voter Kenny Jones. “Let us put people to work at good wages to build the affordable housing this country needs,” said Sanders.

Sanders said at the rally that he is going to talk to Walmart's board of directors next week to push for an increase in their minimum wage.


Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is scheduled to hold a rally in Reno Wednesday. 1st Street will be closed between Virginia Street and Center Street.

According to his website, he'll be at the Reno City Plaza on East 1st Street on May 29.

The doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and the event starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. Entrance is provided on a first come, first served basis. Parking is limited; attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool.

Sanders carried Washoe County last time around including Reno and Sparks. But he lost Nevada's statewide Democratic caucus vote to Hillary Clinton, 55% to 45% based largely on her strength in Las Vegas.

Sanders has scheduled three stops in Las Vegas on Thursday before moving on to Southern California on Friday and San Francisco Saturday.

Nevada was one of the few key swing states that President Donald Trump failed to carry in 2016.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)