SEATTLE — Around 15,000 people flocked to Seattle Center Sunday for a town hall hosted by Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
The event was originally scheduled at the WaMu Theater, but the location changed to Seattle Center for the anticipated crowd size, according to Democratic spokesperson William Casey.
Warren acknowledged this was one of the largest crowds her campaign has drawn since entering the race.
"It's a sign that people are ready for a change in Washington," said Warren. "They understand they've got a government that's working great for the 'bazillionaires' but it's just not working for them and they know that to change that it's going to take all of us. No one gets to stay on the sidelines."
There were supporters in the crowd, but also voters looking to learn more about the candidate.
"That's me. I think a lot of people haven't made up their total minds yet, just trying to hear everyone that comes along, which is good. She does make a good impression," said voter Jean Swanson.
Warren was asked during the town hall how, if selected as the nominee, she plans to counter President Trump.
"You don't back down from a bully. You have to be willing to lay into this," Warren answered. "We're not going to win this by just saying 'Not Trump"... We need to pay attention to what's been broken, not just in the last two-and-a-half years, but what's been broken for decades."
Warren was also asked how she would protect LQBTQ rights in America. She said a value of her's is "equal means equal."
"That's true in the workplace, it's true in marriage, it's true in healthcare, it's true everywhere," said Warren.
Voters also mentioned the border crisis and asked how Warren would protect immigrant families.
"We need to expand legal immigration. We need to provide a pathway to citizenship for the people who are here to stay. And third, I promise you as President of the United States, and I love saying that, that our policies at our borders will reflect our values," said Warren.
Warren made headlines earlier this year for her proposal to break up the biggest U.S. technology companies, including Google and Amazon.
The Massachusetts senator's pitch involves legislation targeting companies with annual worldwide revenue of $25 billion or more, limiting their ability to expand and forcing parts of Amazon and Google’s current business structure to operate as separate entities.
The other pillars of Warren’s campaign are ending corruption in Washington D.C., rebuilding the middle class, and strengthening America’s democracy.
More than 20 Democrats have declared to run for their party's presidential nomination to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.
Last week, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee dropped out of the race, saying he was confident the Democrats would select a nominee who would champion climate change issues.
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