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Justin Vernon introduces Bernie Sanders at campaign rally in Eau Claire, Wisconsin — watch

on April 02, 2016, 5:23pm

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Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon introduced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Saturday.

“With the vacancy in the office of the President of the United States there lies an opportunity,” Vernon, a native of Eau Claire, told the audience gathered.

“For some of the candidates I feel the personal and political nature of this opportunity has eclipsed their obligation to the people and some have lost sight of the idea that every person is created equal. That every person has the right to have their life protected within the integrity of justice, their liberties celebrated and their pursuit of happiness fully allowed. I feel that Senator Sanders looks at this as not a personal opportunity but as a charge with which only he has the courage and ability to fulfill.”

Watch video of his speech below. (Note: the audio is a little wonky at the beginning).

Update – Monday, April 4th at 12:00 p.m. CT: Vernon has shared the full transcript of his speech.

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With the vacancy in the office of the President of the United States there lies an opportunity. For some of the candidates I feel the personal and political nature of this opportunity has eclipsed their obligation to the people and some have lost sight of the idea that every person is created equal. That every person has the right to have their life protected within the integrity of justice, their liberties celebrated and their pursuit of happiness fully allowed. “I feel that Senator Sanders looks at this as not a personal opportunity but as a charge with which only he has the courage and ability to fulfil. We have this great country. We have this human chance to take care of this freedom. To make good on its promise. To do what others couldn’t do before us. Like rid our beautiful constitution of any financial corporate chokehold. To free our lawmakers so they can use their brains and their hearts, not their pocketbooks, as guides. So we can go on knowing our country is in it for the people, not just some people’s money. “I cannot imagine a more important task, a task that if completed would have incalculable positive effects on our communities, every community, every race, every gender, every person with an American dream. So it is my deep and noble honour to introduce the person who I believe can accomplish this in our name, Senator Bernie Sanders.” Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/bon-iver/92696#sUrp7umiqHslbG6v.99

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Vernon is the latest musician to throw his support behind Sanders. Other members of Team Bernie include Michael StipeKiller Mike, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig,Red Hot Chili Peppers, and System of a Down’s Serj Tankin.

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