Bernie Sanders explains why stakes are high in California

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VISTA, Calif. -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders finished a two-day campaign swing through San Diego County Sunday and explained why California can make a difference in his campaign.

Before speaking at a rally at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, Sanders spoke with FOX5 reporter Abbey Gibb. He acknowledged the stakes could not be higher in California, where he still trails Clinton by almost double digits. To win California, Sanders said it will take a historic grassroots effort.

Sunday marked his eight millionth individual campaign contribution, more than any other in history.

“We are taking our message directly to the people that we can’t continue a situation in which the middle class continues to decline while all new income wealth goes to the top," he said.

Unlike New York state, California has an open primary allowing people regardless of party affiliation to vote. Because of that, Sanders feels confident he can take this delegate rich state.

"We have always done much better than Clinton with independents and it will play out right here in California," he said.

A major issue here in San Diego is immigration reform. Sanders wants to end the current deportation policies and said he would use executive power to pass that reform if he had to.

"Trump's views are preposterous. They’re hateful. The idea you’re going to throw 11 million people out of this country is absurd it’s not worth talking about," he added.

The 74-year-old Sanders also pledged that if elected he would "create an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy contributors.''

Sanders also said when it came to the military, he would "not want to be bogged down by perpetual warfare" and plans to pull out as many troops as possible from the Middle East.

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