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A day after the most combative Democratic debate yet, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders found themselves campaigning on opposite sides of the globe. Sanders gave a speech at the Vatican decrying income inequality, while Clinton canvassed in New York ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Meanwhile, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz traded criticisms over the delegate selection process. John Yang reports.
It is the final weekend before the all-important New York primary, and the presidential candidates, Democrats and Republicans alike, were on the go today.
Most traveled to towns and cities across the Empire State. One traveled half-a-world away.
John Yang has the story.
Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!
They cheered Bernie Sanders in Rome, but it was Italy, not New York. His visit to the Vatican came just hours after the most combative Democratic debate yet. It was held in Brooklyn.
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I am sure a lot of people are very surprised to learn that you supported raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)
HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: You know, wait a minute, wait a minute. Wait. Come on.
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS:
That's just not accurate.
I have stood on the debate stage with Senator Sanders eight prior times.
I have said the exact same thing If we can raise it to $15 in New York or Los Angeles or Seattle, let's do it.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN:
If you're both screaming at each other, the viewers won't be able to hear either of you.
The animosity between Sanders and Hillary Clinton was clear, as they clashed on the minimum wage and her relationship with Wall Street.
I stood up against the behaviors of the banks when I was a senator. I called them out on their mortgage behavior.
Secretary Clinton called them out. Oh, my goodness, they must have been really crushed by this.
And was that before or after you received huge sums of money by giving speaking engagements?
Clinton called that a phony attack and slammed Sanders for voting to shield gun makers from some lawsuits.
We hear a lot from Senator Sanders about the greed and recklessness of Wall Street. And I agree. We have got to hold Wall Street accountable.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
Well, what about the greed and recklessness of gun manufacturers and dealers in America?
Today, though, the two candidates were 4,000 miles apart, Clinton visiting a senior center in Harlem.
It looks like we're in Las Vegas.
And Sanders at a Vatican conference, assailing what he called an economy operated for the top 1 percent.
Pope Francis has called on the world to say — and I quote — and how profound, how important this is — "no to a financial system that rules rather than serves."
Senator Sanders said his campaign detour was well worth it. The high-profile Vatican visit came just four days before the crucial New York primary, a high-stakes race for both parties.
Today, all three Republican hopefuls fanned out across the Empire State.
DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: Good to be with you. Good to be with you.
In Plattsburgh, front-runner Donald Trump kept hammering away, hoping to hold what polls show is a double-digit lead.
I'm not one of these politicians that say, it doesn't matter if you vote for me or my opponent. It's so important for the American spirit for you to vote.
Well, let me just give you a little hint. If you want to vote for somebody else, don't vote, OK?
In Binghamton, Ted Cruz knocked Trump for complaining about the delegate selection process.
SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: It is not surprising when a candidate loses 11 elections in a row, he's unhappy about it. And so he complains. And that's fine. Look, we're focused on winning elections with the people.
John Kasich also campaigned in New York today, with events in Watertown and Utica.
For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang.
Bernie Sanders also said at last night's debate that he's releasing his 2014 tax returns. Hillary Clinton says she's released 30 years of returns, but she declined to issue transcripts of her paid speeches to banks unless other candidates do likewise.
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