The Latest: Sanders says he lags because the poor don't vote

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Posted: Apr 23, 2016 7:01 PM
The Latest: Sanders says he lags because the poor don't vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 ahead of presidential primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island (all times Eastern):

6:55 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a simple explanation for why he's trailing Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House: Poor people don't vote.

In an interview for NBC's "Meet the Press," Sanders says the fact that poor people don't vote is a "sad reality of American society." He says that while his campaign has done a good job of bringing out young people, he says he's had only some success with lower-income Americans.

Sanders predicts that if voter turnout could be significantly increased so that low-income people, working people and younger people participated, "this country would be radically transformed."

His interview on NBC airs Sunday.

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6:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is warning voters in Rhode Island not to buy into Republican Donald Trump's attempt to modify his positions.

Clinton says that Trump keeps saying things like, "'You know, I didn't really mean it. It was all part of my reality TV show.'"

Clinton says "if we buy that, shame on us."

Speaking in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Clinton says that both Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be unable to lead the nation effectively around the globe.

Clinton says what the Republican presidential candidates say about the world "is not only offensive, it's dangerous."

On issues at home, Clinton contends that Trump wants to "go after every one of the rights we have."

The former secretary of state is campaigning in Rhode Island ahead of Tuesday's primary against Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

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4:40 p.m.

Bernie Sanders says a country is judged by how it treats "the weak and most vulnerable among us."

He touted the need for better care for veterans at a rally in Wilmington, Delaware, Saturday, declaring "we are not going to cut social security, in fact, we are going to do exactly the opposite."

He told the crowds of supporters that he would expand social security and benefits for Americans if elected president, saying that he has repeatedly asked his rival Hillary Clinton to join his call for lifting the cap on social security.

"I am still waiting for a clear answer," he said.

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4:30 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called on front-runner Donald Trump to debate him in Indiana ahead of the state's May 3 primary election.

Cruz spoke in Plainfield, Indiana, to nearly 200 people Saturday.

He also trumpeted plans to bringing manufacturing jobs to Indiana and restore religious liberties, appealing to the state's history as a manufacturing hub.

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3:45 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is discussing ways to raise wages, promote early childhood education and reduce the pay gap between men and women.

Speaking at a small round-table event in New Haven, Connecticut, Clinton met with working families and local officials to discuss equal pay.

Clinton said "it is almost embarrassing" to be discussing equal pay for men and women in 2016. She was joined at a local doughnut shop with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who recalled the former secretary of state's time as a law student at nearby Yale University.

Clinton heard from workers describe their struggles with employers, home foreclosure and low wages. Clinton said it was "way past time that we have a raise in the nationwide minimum wage" of $7.25 an hour and said the nation should support cities and states like New York and California "that are willing to put a higher floor under low-wage workers."

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2:30 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will be offering free admission and limited hours during the week of the Republican National Convention this summer under a sponsorship deal with AT&T.

The museum will be free and open to the public the week of July 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, according to local reports.

CEO Greg Harris says the AT&T deal will more than cover what the museum would normally make during that time

The museum will close early that week to set up for convention-related events. Groups including the Ohio Republican Party have reserved the space on the shore of Lake Erie for invitation-only events.

The free admission covers the Rock Hall's planned "Louder than Words" exhibit, which premiers May 20.

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2:20 p.m.

Donald Trump is telling supporters at a Connecticut rally that he can be more presidential if he wants to.

Trump told the crowd in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Saturday, that being presidential is "easy — much easier than what I have to do."

He told the crowd that if he acts presidential, "you're going to fall asleep on me, right?"

He also mocked Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, saying she frequently uses teleprompters when she speaks at rallies.

When being "presidential," Trump said, "all you do is walk up and talk and leave and everybody falls asleep."

Trump also made clear that he has no intention of reversing any of his controversial policy plans, including building a wall along the length of the southern border.

"Everything I say I'm going to do, folks, I'll do," he said.

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2:10 p.m.

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich is campaigning in Rhode Island ahead of the state's April 26 primary.

Kasich held a town hall event Saturday at Bryant University in Smithfield, where he urged voters to reject GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

The Ohio governor kicked off the rally by telling the crowd of about 750 they were "made special" and "made for a purpose."

He had a sharp exchange with a student in the crowd who asked Kasich how the candidate's plans to lower the budget deficit would impact student loan debt. Kasich shot back by asking 18-year-old Nick Celico, of Westerly, why he hadn't gone to community college. Kasich later said college costs are too high.

Kasich is currently trailing behind Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ahead of Tuesday's quintet of primaries in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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1:15 p.m.

Ted Cruz says businesses and governments should be allowed to build separate bathrooms for transgendered Americans.

The Texas Senator has spent days attacking Donald Trump after the Republican front-runner suggested that building separate, transgendered bathrooms would be discriminatory.

Speaking to reporters Saturday in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Cruz said Trump was "embracing the lunatic fringe of political correctness."

Cruz said, "it is not complicated that someone wants to have a separate bathroom" adding "that's the choice of the given location, of the given local government to allow that, to provide for that."

Pressed on whether he believes transgendered people are real by a reporter saying, "I'm just trying to understand," Cruz responded "No you're not" but wouldn't answer the question.

Cruz says many conservatives disagree with Trump on the increasingly contentious issue.

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11:00 a.m.

A confident Donald Trump says he's "not toning it down," a day after his chief adviser assured Republican officials the GOP front-runner will show more restraint.

Trump received huge cheers from a crowd of 3,000 in Waterbury, Connecticut Saturday, when he asked, "Isn't it nice that I'm not one of these teleprompter guys?"

Trump said it's "very easy to be presidential," before making a series of faux serious faces.

The New York businessman is leading his GOP rivals in Tuesday's primary in Connecticut, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll. He said he likes his chances in Connecticut and the other four primary states.

Known for his over-the-top persona, Trump assured the crowd he can be serious but said that he's got to be different "talking to you people."