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Bernie Sanders To Speak At San Diego Convention Center Rally

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, speaks at a rally in Salt Lake City, March 21, 2016.
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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, speaks at a rally in Salt Lake City, March 21, 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is scheduled to speak Tuesday night at what his campaign is billing as "A Future to Believe In Rally" at the San Diego Convention Center.

Registration for the free event is full, according to his campaign.

The Sanders campaign asked attendees to not bring bags and only carry small personal items such as keys and cellphones, for security reasons. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed through security.

While parking is available for a fee at the convention center, the campaign encouraged carpooling or taking the trolley.

Sanders' supporters plan to rally and march in downtown San Diego beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Concourse next to City Hall.

Sanders' visit to San Diego comes one day after he used an appearance at a Salt Lake City school to deliver the speech he would have given at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington had his schedule permitted.

The 74-year-old Sanders, who would be the nation's first Jewish president, pledged to restart peace talks in the Middle East, a process he said would require "hard but just decisions" to put Israel and the Palestinians on a "path toward peace."

"I am here to tell you that, if elected president, I will work tirelessly to advance the cause of peace as a partner and as a friend to Israel," Sanders said

"But to be successful, we have also got to be a friend not only to Israel, but to the Palestinian people, where in Gaza, unemployment today is 44 percent and the poverty rate is almost as high. That cannot be ignored."

Sanders also called for a negotiated settlement to the Syrian Civil War.

"Those who advocate for stronger military involvement by the U.S. to oust Assad from power have not paid close enough attention to history," Sanders said, referring to Syrian President Bashar Assad. "That would simply prolong the war, and increase the chaos in Syria, not end it."

Sanders' opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, saying "the United States and Israel must be closer than ever, stronger than ever and more determined than ever to prevail against our common adversaries and to advance our shared values."

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