BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The 2016 presidential election is gaining a lot of steam from college students and now a widely successful petition could lead to a visit from a democratic hopeful.
University at Buffalo students are making their voices heard this presidential election as thousands stand behind democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders.
“Why Bernie? That is a question I ask myself everyday. I think he has a unique honesty about himself. His stance on education is what our country needs, is what my generation needs to move forward,” said Dillon Smith, UB Progressives President.
“I think one of the big reasons Bernie is so popular here on campus is he’s been talking a lot about student debt and I think that’s an issue that’s really really touching home to students on campus and I think that made the petition more relevant,” said Josh Herman, UB Progressives vice president.
With such an enormous following among college students, a group on campus, UP Progressives, decided to make a petition to get Sanders himself to visit the university.
“We started the petition because some of us have been in contact with the Bernie local group and we started talking about Bernie coming to Buffalo, hopefully, and what better place to have him then here at UB where there’s a lot of support,” said Andrew Moran, UB Progressives member.
In just a short time, the petition gained nearly 3,000 signatures, meeting their initial goal of 2,500. It now moves to the university and possibly the Sanders administration.
“We have been very good at being noisy and annoying and trying to push so we aren’t just blocked out by the administration or the university and it’s served us pretty well so far,” said Smith.
Now the question remains, will Bernie Sanders make a stop at the University at Buffalo?
“I think it is a very good possibility. I think it would be over half I would say because of the following he has here. Yeah I think there’s a good possibility,” said Herman.