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  • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks with supporters during a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S., May 13, 2016.

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks with supporters during a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S., May 13, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 May 2016

Bernie Sanders' candidacy has raised the hopes of many in the United States but he argues change will only come from a political movement.

U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told a crowd of supporters in North Dakota that it would be wrong to view him as a savior who can address the country's problems alone and the United States needed a political movement instead.

“If there is any person here, any person here that thinks I'm coming to you as some kind of savior, that I'm going to do it all — all myself, you're wrong.  No president, not Bernie Sanders or anybody else can do it alone. We don't need a savior,” said Sanders during Friday's rally.

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"We need a political movement with millions of people … The only way that real change takes place is when millions of people stand up and fight back. That's what this campaign is about,” said Sanders.

Sanders faces an uphill battle to secure the nomination from the Democratic Party, the establishment within the party has favored his rival Hillary Clinton from the outset and insiders are now pressuring him to step down.

Meanwhile many of his supporters are calling for him to run as an independent in the upcoming presidential contest.

These most recent comments likely stem from the pressure Sanders is feeling on both sides. Sanders has brushed off suggestions he run as an independent, focusing on the primary race instead. 

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The self-styled democratic socialist says he intends to stay in the race until the very end. His campaign is counting on a strong performance in California, which awards the highest number of delegates of any state, in order to mount a challenge at the Democratic Party's convention in July.


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