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Bernie Sanders hits terrorism off the top

(AP Photo/Jim Cole). In this photo taken Oct. 30, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole). In this photo taken Oct. 30, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks in Manchester, N.H.
Sanders supporters lined up outside the Wolstein Center (Source: WOIO) Sanders supporters lined up outside the Wolstein Center (Source: WOIO)
Doors opened at 6 p.m. (Source: WOIO) Doors opened at 6 p.m. (Source: WOIO)
Sanders supporters await his arrival (Source: WOIO) Sanders supporters await his arrival (Source: WOIO)
Sanders expected to speak at 7 p.m. (Source: WOIO) Sanders expected to speak at 7 p.m. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders held a rally at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland Monday night.

We estimated about 5,000- 6,000 people came out to support Sanders.

His message of equality and fighting against the status quo really resonated with the crowd.

"This is the country we can create when we come together, when we stand up and fight back, and when we create a government that works for all of us and not just a handful of billionaires," Sanders said. 

Sanders got right down to business, first addressing the terror attacks in Paris.

He called for a worldwide coalition to fight ISIS. But he also said he does not support ongoing warfare in the Middle East.

Sanders asked the country not to turn its back on refugees. 

The Democratic candidate for president spoke of income inequality and the need to invest more in jobs and education. 

Sanders said if he is elected he will fight for a $15 "livable wage" and three months of paid family leave.

Those words hit home for a widely young crowd on Cleveland State's campus.

"It was amazing-- there were tons of young people, all ages, all colors and they all believe in Bernie and 'feel the  Bern,'"said supporter Monet Davis. 

Sanders touched on a lot of topics in his two hour speech, including criminal justice reform, his college affordability plan, immigration reform, income and wealth inequality and getting big money out of politics.

He never mentioned any of his Democratic or Republican rivals by name.

Former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner provided Sanders' introduction, saying she can "feel the 'Bern.'"

Sanders faced off against fellow democrats Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley Saturday night. CLICK HERE for results of a CBS News poll on who won that debate.

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