Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders is returning to campus this week to campaign for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and this time he'll be even closer to the UNM community than when he hosted a rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center in May.
Sanders will speak at Mesa Vista Hall on Tuesday beginning at 11:00 a.m., as part of a final push by the Clinton campaign to widen its lead over Republican candidate Donald Trump as much as possible in the final weeks leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8.
According to RealClearPolitics, an average of multiple national polls shows Clinton clinging to a five percent lead as of Saturday.
In his May visit, the Daily Lobo reported Sanders as saying that Trump "would be a disaster for this country."
"He must be defeated," Sanders said at the time. "We want the strongest Democratic candidate to go forward and to beat him."
Clinton is the only major candidate not to visit Albuquerque in recent months. Trump, as well as Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and other third-party hopefuls, have come to Albuquerque to rally support. Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in Santa Fe in May.