Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves as he walks onto the stage during a rally May 17 in Carson. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/21/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

The Inland Empire will be the center of the political universe Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both holding separate public rallies.

Sanders will host a 7 p.m. event in San Bernardino at the National Orange Show Events Center after holding a noontime rally at Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

Clinton will rally supporters at the Johnson Family Practice Center gymnasium, 900 University Ave. on the UC Riverside campus, at 5:30 p.m., the campaign confirmed through a press release.

Sanders “will discus a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care,” a news release read.

Clinton “will ask Californians for their support and urge them to go out and vote on Election Day,” a campaign news release read. “She will also discuss why she is the best candidate to raise incomes for California families, to lower health care costs and improve education and to break down the barriers that hold too many Americans back.”

All three rallies are open to the public, although people are asked to RSVP online.

James Grant, a UC Riverside spokesman, said officials there don’t know why Clinton’s campaign organizers chose the campus for a visit. But Grant said they are pleased.

“We’re very excited to have a potential future president,” he said. “It’s a reflection of the importance of the Inland Empire as well as the importance of our campus.”

Grant was uncertain how many people the gym can hold.

Security personnel from other campuses are being called in and will coordinate with the Secret Service, he said. He did not know if other local police agencies would be involved.

Clinton will be asking for voters support and urging them to vote on Election Day, a news release stated. She plans to “discuss why she is the best candidate to raise incomes for California families, to lower health care costs and improve education and to break down the barriers that hold too many Americans back,” the release read.

Some UCR students are already planning a protest. A Facebook page called Highlanders Against Hillary had seven hosts as of Saturday morning.

Earlier in the day, Sanders will hold a rally in Anaheim. Before heading to UCR, Clinton plans to tour Los Angeles and discuss foster care with Democratic Rep. Karen Bass before holding an event in Commerce.

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