PITTSFIELD- Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, best known for their creation of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, were scooping out some of the sweet treat while showing their support for Bernie Sanders.
“We have a lot of great volunteers and supporters all over the state and we don’t want to take that for granted,” said Sanders’ state campaign director, Ben Collis.
In an effort to get voters hyped up and ready to hit the polls next Tuesday, Bernie Sanders’ campaign hosted ice cream socials, along with Vermont natives Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield around the state.
The events gave people a chance to enjoy the delicious dessert and learn more about sanders campaign.
“I believe in an America that can be compassionate and caring and generous,” said Ben Cohen. “Someone who knows how to use the bully pulpit to talk about the things we value and not be the bully.”
Collis said he’s confident they’ll win the primary, just as they did in the 2016 caucus.
He said turnout at these events has been more than twice what they expected.
“He really connects with rural voters. He’s a senator from a rural state in New England,” Collis explained. “He knows about farms. He knows about small businesses. He knows about the struggles of rural people in Maine.”
One of Sanders’ biggest campaign goals has been to take down big corporations and special interest groups.
As a result, the campaign hasn’t been accepting donations from companies or lobbyists.
“For me, Bernie represents regular people, working folks, elderly people, low income people and he’s bringing us all together and that’s what I want our country to be about,” said Jerry Greenfield.
They also held events similar to this one in Skowhegan, Farmington and Portland.
There is another one in Portland on Wednesday at the University of Southern Maine at 11.
Following that, there will be another ice cream social at 155 Saco Ave in Old Orchard Beach.