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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, was greeted by a raucous crowd of all ages Sunday at the Cox Convention Center.

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne spoke before other members of Oklahoma's Democratic Party and Sanders took the stage.

"Oklahoma has a long way to go when it comes to picking our leaders, but I think Bernie will help us with that," Coyne said.

Sanders continued to hit upon his key campaign platforms during the hour-long speech but mixed in political issues impacting Oklahoma as well.  He noted when his presidential campaign started, it was considered a fringe campaign, but "a lot has changed since then."

Sanders went on to speak about how voters are going to change the political culture of America.

"Our job is to revitalize American democracy," he said.

If elected, Sanders said he wants a government that works for working class families, not just the top 1 percent of the country. Sanders said the current federal minimum wage is a "starvation wage" and wants to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Sanders went on to speak about women's issues including the right for a woman to control her body and pay equality for females in the workforce.

"We are listening to women who tell us they're making 79 cents on the dollar," he said. "It's just old-fashioned sexism."

Sanders spoke about how smart governments understand that young people are the future of the nation. He continued to speak on those themes urging an increase in funding spent on higher education.

"I believe that today we should be making public colleges and universities tuition free," he said.

Sanders spoke out about issues involving climate change. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, who previously stated climate change does not exist, brought a snowball onto the Senate floor in February 2015 as proof of his argument.

"Climate change is real, I know some of the [Oklahoma] senators disagree. We have a short window of opportunity," he said.

Sanders fired more verbal salvos at Hillary Clinton during the speech. Sanders is trailing Clinton by 2.6 percent, according to the latest poll on FiveThirtyEight.

Sanders spoke about differences between himself and Clinton, adding that his is "a campaign of the people, by the people, and for the people." Sanders went tell those in attendance he does not have a super PAC and does not want money from billionaires.

Sanders also spoke out against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, stating "there is nothing that would give me more pleasure than to defeat Donald Trump" before an energized crowd.

Sanders also called out Trump for what he believes are bigoted and racist comments.

"Bigotry is not 'telling it like it is,'" he said.