Over 12,000 people attended what his campaign billed as “A Future to Believe in Rally,” according to Convention Center officials.
Sanders took the stage at 8:30 p.m. after he was introduced by actress Rosario Dawson. His pitch to San Diego voters lasted around an hour.
Sanders received the biggest responses from crowds when he spoke about wanting to end police brutality and advocating for equal pay among men and women.
“This campaign is about ending the militarization of local police departments,” Sanders said. “It is about making police departments reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. It is about rethinking the war on drugs.”
Sanders also addressed the deadly terrorist attacks Tuesday in Brussels, for which ISIS claimed responsibility.
“I think I speak for everyone in expressing our condolences to the people of Brussels,” Sanders said. “And let me simply say this: We will stand as a nation with our allies and our friends and people all over this world. We will stand with them and we will together crush and destroy ISIS.”
There was an uproar when he spoke about finding a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
Sanders also received a huge response when he attacked Wall Street, saying he is the candidate to take on the billionaire class, Wall Street and corporate America.
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.