Spokesman: Sanders doesn't believe gender is reason for vote

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Posted: Feb 18, 2016 10:38 AM
Spokesman: Sanders doesn't believe gender is reason for vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman says Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders doesn't "believe that gender should be the reason we vote for or against anyone."

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs on Thursday distanced the Vermont senator from comments made by rapper Killer Mike at a recent Sanders rally in Atlanta.

Killer Mike told supporters on Tuesday that "a uterus doesn't qualify you to be president of the United States," a reference to Sanders' Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Briggs says the artist was quoting activist Jane Elliott and was saying "we need to get beyond gotcha politics and get to the issues at the heart of the election."

Killer Mike is the latest Sanders supporter to make impolitic comments about Clinton heading into the primary elections in Nevada and South Carolina.