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 May 30, 2016 (Oakland) – After several campaign stops including addressing a crowd of 60,000 people in Oakland, Senator Bernie Sanders took time out to enjoy a Warriors game along with actor/activist Danny Glover at Oracle Arena, where the Golden State Warriors are playing Game 7 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The winner will go on to play for the NBA Championship.

According to Joe Garofoli with the San Francisco Chronicle,  they arrived at halftime and Glover pulled on a Warriors “strength in numbers” T-shirt before entering the stands.  Accompanied by Secret Service agents, Sanders an Glover walked to the seats – section 108 row 15, behind the Thunder basket. “Good seats but not the ones frequented by millionaires,” Garofoli says. Nearby the crowd chanted “Bernie! Bernie!” with many fans taking photos and selfies with Sanders.

Garofoli, a pool reporter covering the campaign, observed, ”After your pooler stood too long in front of his seat one fan groused "get out of here. The second half is starting. This isn't a political event." Sanders standing out w blue Oxford shirt in sea of yellow tshirts.

Afterward, when the Warriors won, the parallels were not lost on Sanders. 

"We came in the second half and the Warriors turned it around," Sanders said. "The Warriors were down 3-1 and they turned it around and I think that that’s what we’re going to do, too. A very good omen for our campaign."

So was it because of him? "Absolutely. No question about it," Sanders said and smiled knowingly. "What other explanation is there?"

What If they had lost? 

"Hey, in politics," Sanders said. "You gotta take your shots." 

After the game Sanders dined with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.


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