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Jan 4, 2016 5:30 PM

Landrigan: Bernie Sanders says no time for 'establishment politics' of rival Hillary Clinton

MANCHESTER - Bernie Sanders was a popular guy Monday as the first speaker at the college student convention at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

"In my view we should take marijuana off the federal controlled substances act, not make it a federal crime," he said, getting a round of applause after.

Cheers also sounded as Sanders took on the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.

"I’ll tell you what I will do even before I’m elected president, and that is I will stop the bigotry and the lies that are coming from people like Donald Trump with regard to latinos," he said.

But a student named Jesse asked the essential question.

"Persuade me to your side over Hillary Clinton’s," he asked.

Sanders said the key split between them is all about style.

"That at this moment in our history, it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics - that what we need now is leadership,’’ he said.

Sanders said he’s confounded at the media elite who he said dismissed him as a protest candidate.

"Well turns out they were wrong," he said. "We have - I believe - a good chance to win in Iowa, the first caucus. I think we have a good chance to win here in New Hampshire."

With 36 days left Bernie Sanders needs to emphasize that a vote for him is not to make a political point, but to actually elect a president.

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