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Jan 21, 2016 8:09 PM

Landrigan: Bernie Sanders begins closing argument; not pulling punches despite polls showing him out in front

HOOKSETT - Fresh off a poll showing him well out in front here and with his last debate behind him, Democrat presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders begins to make his closing argument today.

"I’m running for president because I think it’s just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics,’" Sanders declares to a packed crowd of students at Southern New Hampshire University here.

Take that, Hillary Clinton, so much for New Hampshire primary poll leader Bernie Sanders softening his act or pulling his punches.

How about this riff about how Clinton and her well-meaning kind aren’t up to giving corporate Wall Street and big media a beat down?

"The only way we can take them on and do what has to be done in this country is through a political revolution," Sanders concludes.

And the Vermont senator challenges young supporters to confound the conventional wisdom about them.

"People are saying Sanders is leading in some of the polls, he has a lot of support from young people, but you know what? Those young people don’t necessarily come out to vote. So please do me a favor, do yourself a favor. Make them rethink that proposition," Sanders implores.

An Exeter supporter asks the 25-year member of Congress why voters should believe this is possible.

"How realistic do you think it is for you in four years to get all of this done you are talking about?" asks Devyn Harris who tells NH1 News she leaves in two weeks to become a teacher in Argentina.

Sanders agrees that alone he would fail.

"Nothing ever changes from the top on down it always changes from the bottom on up," Sanders says.

Any candidate with a lead here will lose if they try to coast to primary day. Ask Howard Dean, Bob Dole and, yes, even Barack Obama in 2008 about that. Bernie Sanders has his head down and is sprinting to the tape.

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