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Bernie Sanders to campaign for drug price measure in Sacramento

Bernie Sanders addresses the Yes on 61 rally on Oct. 15, 2016 in San Francisco.
Bernie Sanders addresses the Yes on 61 rally on Oct. 15, 2016 in San Francisco. AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Bernie Sanders will hold a pair of California rallies next week to promote a prescription drug price measure on Tuesday’s ballot, including an event at the state Capitol.

The 1:30 p.m. Monday rally will take place on the west steps of the Capitol, according to the sponsoring California Nurses Association. Before that, Sanders will rally in Los Angeles to drum up support for Proposition 61.

The measure would preclude California from spending more for prescription medications than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It has generated more than $106 million in drug industry spending to help ensure its defeat.

Roger Salazar, a spokesman for Proposition 61, said last week that Sanders helped activate his supporter network and increase the campaign’s small donors.

“Bernie has been fantastic in terms of energizing young people to really care about this measure,” Salazar said. “From the way we look at it, he’s very popular here in California and is known as a respected figure in the fight against corporate greed.”

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Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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