In a bid for black votes, Bernie Sanders says he’d apologize for slavery as president

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Right before the Wisconsin primary, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to Spike Lee about the presidential race. There's no denying the fact that Sanders is having a hard time getting the older black vote, and he made mention to Lee about black people and the importance of voting.

"What do you have to do to get the older generation of African-American votes?" Lee asked Sanders. "You're like the new guy on the block. You've got the young Hispanic, African American, you got it. But the older generation, black folks, they know the Clintons 20-some years."

"We're doing phenomenally well with all of the young people—white, black, Latino, you name it, Asian American. And we're getting killed, frankly, not just with older African Americans but also older whites, older Latinos," Sanders replied.

"It's the weirdest thing in the world," he continued. "And what really bothers me is I spent half my life in Congress helping to lead the effort for senior citizens: We led the effort against cuts to Social Security—we want to expand Social Security; we took on the drug companies who are doing terrible things to elderly people. You know seniors are cutting their prescription drugs in half. So we have a lot of work to do in terms of reaching out to seniors, not just African Americans, but seniors all across the board. We're figuring out how you get the message out there."




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