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UPDATE: Candidate's message gets enthusiastic response from 28,000 people



TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a huge crowd Sunday evening that he would push to end institutional racism and fight for a higher minimum wage.U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ first Oregon appearance during the 2016 presidential campaign broke records — something that has been tough to do.

Sanders announced from the podium just after he started speaking at about 7:40 p.m. Aug. 9, that the Moda Center gathering was the largest of his campaign for the Democratic nomination. Sanders said 20,000 people squeezed into the center to hear the Vermont Independent speak.

“Portland, you have done it better than anyone else,” Sanders told the cheering crowd. “This is by far the largest crowd.”

Sanders' campaign staff said that about 8,000 more people were watching the rally outside the Moda Center.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his populist campaign message to a packed Moda Center Sunday evening. It was the largest crowd so far for the Sanders campaign.Sanders is a second-term Independent senator from Vermont who hopes to be on the Democratic ballot for Oregon's May 2016 primary election. A former mayor of Burlington, Vt., Sanders served 16 years in the U.S. House and was elected in 2006 to the U.S. Senate.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - A young fan was among an estimated 20,000 people who squeezed into the Moda Center Sunday evening to hear U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont make his first campaign swing through Portland.Sanders spoke for nearly an hour, calling for a national $15-per-hour minimum wage, tuition-free colleges, expanded Social Security, establishing a Medicare-for-all health care system and comprehensive immigration reform. He emphasized that his campaign was working to bring people together on just about every major important issue.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' hour-long speech was interrupted after every few sentences with applause during his Moda Center appearance.Applause broke out after nearly every sentence.

"Brothers and sisters, this is the nation we wanted to create when we all stand together," Sanders told the enthusiastic crowd.

Sanders left the stage and waded into the dense crowd as Neil Young's "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World" blared on the center's speakers.

Sanders’ first Portland appearance came after a speech in Seattle before about 15,000 people that was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters. The Sunday night rally was different, with thousands chanting “Bernie Bernie Bernie” during his speech.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - An estimated 20,000 people jammed into the Moda Center to hear U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on his first campaign swing through Oregon. Sanders said it was the largest crowd at any of his rallies.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Crowds chanted 'Bernie Bernie Bernie' during the U.S. senator's speech at the Moda Center.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders called for a national minimum wage of $15 an hour and tuition-fee college during his Moda Center rally.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Members of Don't Shoot PDX attended Bernie Sanders' Sunday night rally, but did not disrupt the senator's speech, something that happened Saturday in Seattle.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - After his hour-long speech, Sen. Sanders waded into the packed crowd, shaking hands and signing autographs.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Sanders and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren.

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