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"Middle class has a right to exist": Sanders

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 01:15

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says people like Pope Francis talk about a moral economy ''which says the middle class has a right to exist.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a news conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Thursday (March 31) where he discusses labor issues and the need to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. "Trade policy cannot be a policy in which American workers are forced to compete against people making pennies an hour," Sanders said, adding there is a way to help poor people without destroying America's middle class. Speaking about income inequality in the U.S., Bernie said "People like Pope Francis talk about this issue- a moral economy, not an economy based on greed and selfishness. But a moral economy which says that the middle class has a right to exist. Our children have a right to live with security and dignity..." Sanders, a democratic socialist, has harnessed anti-trade sentiment, criticizing deals like NAFTA as job killers that have depressed the living standards of working Americans. Sanders won contests in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington on Saturday, chipping away at Clinton's lead in the race for the 2,382 delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination at the party's Philadelphia convention in July. Clinton now has a lead of 268 pledged delegates over Sanders. When superdelegates, party leaders who can support any candidate, are added, Clinton leads 1,712-1,004, according to an Associated Press count. But Sanders aides said he could eclipse Clinton's advantage once the final round of contests are held on June 7, and that superdelegates would begin to switch to back Sanders once he did.

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"Middle class has a right to exist": Sanders

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 01:15