Crowd gathers to see Bernie Sanders at Bartle Hall

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The lines were long Wednesday morning to get into the Bernie Sanders rally in Kansas City.

The “A Future to Believe In” rally was held at Kansas City Convention Center, Bartle Hall.

The rally was expected to start at 1:00 p.m., but started a bit late, which Sanders addressed when he first took the stage.

"I apologize for starting late, but apparently we still have a few thousand people outside trying to get in," he said to cheers from the crowd.

Sanders did his best to get in all of his talking points. From railing against Wall Street's influence on politics, to a "broken criminal justice system," Sanders illustrated his far-reaching platforms to a boisterous crowd.

The audience cheered and booed as the presidential hopeful brought up various topics, and at one point finished Sanders' sentence, saying, "Enough is enough!" in reference to what Sanders says is the ever-increasing burden on families and the middle class.

After last week's narrow loss to Hillary Clinton in Nevada, Sanders hit on his campaign's momentum against his democratic rival early in his speech.

"There have been three national polls which have us in the lead," Sanders said. "And in state after state, the gap is narrowing or we are forging ahead. If we stand together, we can win this nomination and make American history."

The Vermont senator explained that strength saying, "This campaign is gaining momentum because we are doing something very, very radical. We are telling the truth."

Sanders struck a local tone, touching on Kansas City's reputation as a sports town.

"Democracy is not a spectator sport. All of you, and all of the American people, we are the quarterbacks of our future," Sanders said.

He even took a shot at Gov. Brownback saying, "I know in Kansas you got a governor who likes to beat up on the poor." The mere mention of the governor elicited a loud uproar of disapproval from the audience.

Sanders railed against his usual targets: Wall Street, lobbyists, wealthy business owners, but at one point took a specific shot at the owners of Wal-Mart, accusing them of benefiting from their workers' low wages, which he said forces them to seek welfare.

"I say to the Walton family: Get off welfare. Pay your workers a living wage."

Only once did he address his Republican opponents, declaring, "We will not allow Trump and the others to divide us up. And when we stand together, we will create the America that the American people deserve."

"The college tuition thing, that really speaks to my heart because I'm a 32-year-old woman who is $53,000 in debt because of college tuition," one supporter said. "We're going to claim to be the best country in the world, then we need to be. And I think he can help us get there."

"He's very common. He's down to earth, the way I think. And the way a lot of these young people think," another attendee said.

Sanders reminded Kansas and Missouri voters that their chance to voice their opinion was coming soon.

The Kansas Democratic caucus will be held on March 5, while the Missouri Democratic primary is March 15.

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