In Rochester, more than 600 people packed the Rochester International Event Center for the chance to hear from the Vermont senator. But what made him decide to come to Rochester? I asked him that question after his campaign town hall. Sanders was blunt. He had been in Madison, Wis. the day before and was on his way to Iowa.
"We took a good look at the map. That's the honest answer," he said.
But Sanders was quick to praise the Med City.
"We know this town. It's a great town, and we're delighted to be here," he said.
One advantage for candidates paying a visit to Rochester is it's media market, which stretches into northern Iowa. The state's caucuses in February are the first big test for presidential candidates.
Sanders said he was pleased with the big turnout and said it shows his campaign is resonating with people.
"Let's not kid ourselves. At 9 o'clock in the morning on a Thursday morning to get 600 people out — I mean it is stunning, really stunning," he said. "And it just tells me that people want change."