Sanders reaches out to black voters in South Carolina

2016-02-17 10:17
(J David Ake, AP)

(J David Ake, AP)

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Mt Pleasant - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is looking to connect with black voters in South Carolina, attending a prayer breakfast with African-American ministers

Sanders also appeared at the University of South Carolina with Erica Garner, whose father Eric Garner died in a police chokehold in 2014.

Introducing Sanders to hundreds of students, Garner said her father's death "inspired me to seek out elected officials at every level of government who are committed to reforming our broken system".

The Democratic presidential candidate made a pledge to reduce income inequality and break up big financial institutions, but also stressed criminal justice reform and voting rights. He also reflected on the country's racial history.

"We have come a long way," Sanders says. "But it is clear to everybody that we still have a long, long way to go."

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