Thousands attend Ann Arbor Bernie Sanders rally

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ANN ARBOR (13abc Action News) - It was a roaring welcome to Ann Arbor for U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

For hours, the crowd of thousands waited for Sen. Sanders to take the stage Monday night inside the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena.

"I see him as the only alternative for turning things around," Tammy Keller, a Sanders supporter said.

"Bernie, right now, is my top candidate and I'll support him until he's not running anymore," Devin Walker, who lives in Ann Arbor, said.

Monday night, Sanders talked the economy, international trade and a topic that struck a cord with a large portion of the crowd: the cost of higher education.

"We need to make public colleges and universities tuition free," Sanders told the crowd.

"As a university student, the cost of tuition is a huge concern," Jacob Rodgers, a University of Michigan freshman told 13abc. "If it weren't for scholarships, I couldn't attend school."

Just one day ahead of the Michigan primary, the rally was a first for many voters. It was also the first time they've been able to cast a ballot in the race for the White House.

"It's very important that young people who can vote, vote," Julian Amberg, a University of Michigan freshman said.

Polls in Michigan open at 7 Tuesday morning.