Bernie Sanders Headlining Kentucky Event Aimed at Boosting Democrats

Apr 18, 2017

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
Credit J. Tyler Franklin

Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will headline a Louisville event aimed at helping re-energize Kentucky's Democratic Party.

The independent senator from Vermont will be joined by Democratic national chairman Tom Perez at Tuesday night's event at the Louisville Palace.

Their appearance is part of a national tour called "Come Together and Fight Back." They're promoting an agenda that includes raising the minimum wage, providing pay equity for women, rebuilding roads and bridges, passing immigration reform and making public colleges tuition-free.

The visit comes as Democrats are trying to rebound from a series of election losses in Kentucky.

Republicans hold both U.S. Senate seats from Kentucky, all but one of the state's congressional seats and the governorship.

The GOP controls the state legislature, and Republican President Donald Trump easily carried Kentucky last year.