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Dick Van Dyke introduces Sanders at rally

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Actor Dick Van Dyke introduced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in Santa Barbara, Calif., Saturday with a message for the older generation. 

{mosads}“Mostly I want to be here to talk to my generation,” the 90-year-old said. “I have a really important message for them. I was born in the Coolidge administration. Can you believe that? So I’ve seen a lot of politics. I was 5 years old when the stock market crashed; I lost everything.

“What I want to say to my contemporaries is, as Bernie says, in the ’50s and ’60s, real democracy was really working from the bottom up, like it’s supposed to,” he added. “There were no economic crashes during those decades because regulations were in place.”

Van Dyke lamented financial deregulation and the bailout of Wall Street and said, “We need the person who can break the stranglehold that corporate America has on this country right now.”

Van Dyke, who was preceded on stage by actor Justin Long, has previously expressed his support for Sanders.

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