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Democratic presidential hopefuls try to gain voter support in North Las Vegas town hall

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Democrats descended on the desert Thursday with Nevada up next in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

Students, educators, immigrants, and a variety of people challenged presidential hopefuls on a variety of issues ahead of the Feb. 22 caucus.

Tom Steyer, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar all participated in the LULAC presidential town hall.

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LULAC is the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization.

The audience searched for answers from the candidates ahead of the polls.

"Do you believe DACA deserves a permanent solution," was a question DACA student Hugo Hernandez asked during the event.

"Being that the event was at CSN, education is on the top of my priority list," said voter Austreberto Hernandez.

Steyer was the first to take the stage, telling the crowd the way he thinks Democrats will be able to defeat President Donald Trump at the polls.

"Whoever is going to be the candidate has got to show that he or she can attract that diverse population of Democrats because if we don't all show up in November 2020, Mr. Trump will get reelected," said Steyer.

Then Sanders answered an audience member's question through video conference about his plan to provide opportunities to welfare recipients.

"There should be a guaranteed federal jobs program," he said. "If you are capable of working, there should be a decent paying job for you. There should be job training to make sure you can get that job."

Sanders also brought up his well-known stance of Medicare for all.

Something that the Culinary Union this week mentioned would take away their current health care plan.

Buttigieg says he wants to provide another option, Medicare for all who want it.

"A public plan anybody can be a part of it," he said. "But we're going to let you decide whether you want it. I'm thinking, for example, of the culinary workers here in Nevada who fought so hard those strikes- and those negotiations to get excellent health care plans. Who are we to tell them that they are going to have to give up those plans?"

Finally, Klobuchar told the audience how she believes the country needs a prospering economy that benefits everyone, which she says the president has not done.

"If you're going to have a functioning economy, you're going to have to have shared prosperity. People have to be a part of that economy, and he has not worked on those issues that would actually- we need to move the economy to the next level. And that is housing, which we just talked about, workforce training that I mentioned, child care."

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