Listen to an audio version of this story below: Madison, Wisconsin. A blustery Friday evening. A few thousand supporters of Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are gathered in James Madison Park, along the shores of Lake Mendota. Though it's April, it's cold as hell. A group of Bern fans look ready to blow away in the breeze as their giant American and Wisconsin state flags fill up like spinnaker sails. When Sanders finally ascends to the lectern, all you can see from a distance is a shock of white hair whipping in the wind atop a shiny black overcoat. He looks like a gull in a Glad bag. "When I was leaving Washington this morning, I was wondering — should I take my coat or not?" he says. "Right decision. Good!" It's the beginning of Sanders' so-called Blue Wall tour, through five key Rust Belt states that fell to Donald Trump in 2016. Wisconsin is the first stop, to be followed by Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Sanders is here to roll out his campaign's core argument, that among Democrats he alone is positioned to retake voters lost by the party to Trump. Within just a few minutes,… Read full this story
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