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He’s back...Bernie Sanders to rally in L.A., S.F. for drug measure

Sen. Bernie Sanders talks about making public colleges free during a rally for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., on Friday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders talks about making public colleges free during a rally for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., on Friday. AP

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose revolution-stirring presidential bid reverberated across California ahead of the June primary, will return to the state this week to rally for a prescription drug pricing measure on the fall ballot.

Sanders, already appearing in TV ads for Proposition 61, is scheduled to hold an afternoon rally Friday in Los Angeles and a morning event Saturday in San Francisco, said a source familiar with Sanders’ plans.

Proposition 61, sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and supported by the California Nurses Association, major supporters of Sanders’ failed presidential campaign, would would prevent California from spending more on prescription drugs than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sanders first expressed support for the measure earlier this year. In the TV ad, he calls the initiative “a very, very important step forward,” describing the measure as a “real blow against this greedy industry that will reverberate all over America.”

The rallies mark Sanders’ first high-profile appearance in California since he barnstormed the state in the weeks leading to the June 7 primary, hitting places like Modesto, Chico, Cloverdale and other areas seldom visited by presidential candidates.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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