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Sanders meets with Sharpton, courts black votes

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 00:57

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has breakfast with Al Sharpton in an effort to broaden his appeal among African-American voters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders courted the African-American vote on Wednesday after thrashing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary election and giving his anti-establishment campaign a major lift. Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton met Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist and U.S. senator from Vermont, for breakfast at a restaurant in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. It was an attempt to chip away at Clinton's strong support from African-American voters, who will be crucial at the next Democratic primary, in South Carolina on Feb. 27. The two men hugged when they met outside Sylvia's soul food restaurant then sat alone for breakfast at a table near the window. They left a short time later. Sharpton and Barack Obama met at the same restaurant during the then-candidate's 2008 successful presidential campaign - a piece of symbolism for Sanders as he tries to connect with minority voters. The election on Nov. 8 is followed by the inauguration of Obama's successor early next year. "My concern is that in January of next year for the first time in American history a black family will be moving out of the White House. I do not want black concerns to be moved out with them. We must be front and center and not marginalized. And Senator Sanders coming here this morning further makes it clear that we will not be ignored," Sharpton, a Baptist minister and television talk show host, told reporters afterwards.

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Sanders meets with Sharpton, courts black votes

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 00:57