Bernie Sanders pushes populist message in Chicago

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CHICAGO --- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his populist message to Chicago Monday.

He spoke to people at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.

Students lined up around the corner from Rockefeller Chapel to get inside and hear Sanders speak.

Sanders graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964.

He spoke about his fond memories at the school, including organizing the school's first "sit in" during the civil rights movement to protest segregation in the dorms.

The democratic senator from Vermont talked about the great strides he feels the United States has made since those days, in the election of President Obama, as well as women's rights, noting the increased number of female law and medical students here.

A consistent progressive voice in Washington, Sanders has resonated well with the younger vote by encouraging them to get involved in the political process.

"What I learned then and what I believe today ... is that change never takes place from the top down. It always takes place from from the bottom up," Sanders said to enthusiastic applause.

Earlier this month, a New Hampshire poll showed Sanders leading Hillary Clinton and was within single digits of her in Iowa.

That could all change if Joe Biden decides not to run.  The poll predicts it would boost Clinton's lead by 15 points.