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Bernie Sanders Throws Support Behind 49th District Candidate Mike Levin

Senator Bernie Sanders continued his nine-state campaign supporting Democratic candidates with a stop at Mira Costa College in Oceanside.

Around 1600 people crowded the college’s gym to hear Sanders speak and throw his support behind 49th Congressional District candidate Mike Levin, who is challenging Republican Diane Harkey in the race to fill Darrell Issa’s soon-to-be-vacant seat.

"This seat can well be the difference between victory and defeat," says Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Sanders went on to tell his supporters how he and Levin support health care for everyone and making college affordable.

"Mike understands that we need an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent," Sanders added.

At the end of his speech, Sanders attacked President Donald Trump's immigration and foreign policy decisions and then made a final plea for support.

"A week from Tuesday will be the most important midterm election in the history of the country,” Sanders said. “That election will determine if Donald Trump continues to do his things unchecked by either the House or the Senate, and we cannot allow that to happen."

NBC 7 requested an interview with Harkey. A campaign spokesperson said she wasn't available but sent NBC 7 this statement.

"Mike Levin and Bernie Sanders do not represent our values. They both support open borders and massive tax increases to pay for a government take-over of entire industries, socialist ideas that have failed everywhere they have been tried."

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