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Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses garnering African-American support, tuition free colleges

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is focusing on African-American female voters ahead of Saturday's primary. (Source: WIS) Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is focusing on African-American female voters ahead of Saturday's primary. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is focusing on African-American female voters ahead of Saturday's primary. 

Sanders picked up another endorsement, this time from prominent African-American film director Spike Lee.

In a house divided, Lee's wife says she is backing Hillary Clinton, which may illustrate why Sanders says he has more work to do to attract support from African-American women.

A recent poll shows Clinton has a double digit lead over Sanders when it comes to support from black women. There are nearly 100,000 more African-American women than men of voting age, and that demographic, specifically older women, are backing Clinton.

Sanders says he is working on pulling that support due to several issues black women face.

"Nationally, women earn 79 cents on the dollar compared to men, for African-American women that gap is even wider," Sanders said. "I believe 100 percent for pay equity for women and African American women doing the same job as white man should be earning the same pay. End of discussion. I'm going to fight for that. Second area in terms of issues like child care, which is not just a women's issue but a family issue, we're going to fight to make sure we have affordable quality child care in this country.so when mom goes to work and dad goes to work they know that their kids are in good hands, those are very two important issues." 

Sanders has also talked about making public colleges and universities tuition free during his campaign. Sanders says a tax on Wall Street will provide the funds necessary to make this happen.

"We're going to pay for that through a tax on Wall Street speculation," Sanders said. "This country bailed out Wall Street when it was collapsing. Now, it's Wall Street's time to help out the middle class. Now, how do we get this thing through? We get this thing through like any other important provisions when millions of people say to Washington. The function of the Congress is to handle the need of this country not billionaires."

Sanders could not guarantee that it would happen during his first term, but he did say "it is a high priority."

Sanders will face off against Hillary Clinton in Saturday's Democratic primary.

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