Bernie Sanders speaks in Birmingham

Bernie Sanders in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Hundreds of people showed up to hear presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speak Sunday afternoon.

Chanting and cheers filled Kelly Ingram Park in downtown Birmingham.

Sanders’ two hour speech included several topics from implementing universal health care, raising minimum wage to $15 an hour, equal rights for all and winning the 2020 election.

“Not only going to defeat Donald Trump but which in-fact in a very profound way is going to transform the United States of America,” said Sanders.

Harry "traveling shoes" Turner, a longtime community activist, was fired up.

“Everything he said today needed to be said,” said Turner. “As people continue to try to divide us, like the Trump administration, we’re saying ‘no, no.’ here in Alabama."

Nayjellah Hall attended the rally with a friend.

“He knows what he stands for. I want to be a part of that. I want to listen to that. I want to experience that,” said Hall.

Hall said she felt inspired.

“He doesn’t give up. He just doesn’t give up and I find that inspiring,” said Hall.

Sanders also spoke about legalizing cannabis at the federal level.

This is Sanders’ second try at becoming president.

Copyright 2019 WBRC. All rights reserved.