Race to NY Primary: Sanders Holds Rally Outside Childhood Home in Brooklyn

Bernie Sanders is holding a rally where he lived decades ago

Bernie Sanders pointed to his childhood home on East 26th Street at a rally in Brooklyn on Friday, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton looked for votes upstate, a little more than a week and a half before the New York presidential primary. 

"I spent the first 18 years of my life in apartment 2C, right here," Sanders said as he pointed to the Flatbush building. "I spent four years at James Madison High School up the street. I spent eight years at P.S. 497."

Sanders reminisced about his childhood in the rent-controlled tenement building and said his experiences in the neighborhood influenced his economic policies.

"Growing up here I learned a major lesson that I've ever learned in my life about economics," he said. "There are millions of Americans who struggle every day to take care of their families."

Here's what else the presidential candidates have planned for Friday:

Hillary Clinton rode the subway. She added the short meet-and-greet event Thursday, taking the 6 train from Manhattan to the south Bronx, where she shook hands and talked to potential voters.


Sanders kicked off the day at Rockefeller Center for an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Sanders then headed to East 26th Street in Flatbush, where he and his family lived decades ago. His campaign has dubbed the stretch "Bernie's Block" for the rally. 

The Democratic contender also had a stop scheduled for 5 p.m. at WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint.

On Thursday, Sanders appeared on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers," where he defended saying Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was not "qualified" for the nation's highest office. Sanders also took on Meyers' "Ya Burnt" segment. 

MSNBC is owned by NBCUniversal, of which NBC 4 New York is a subsidiary. 

Clinton held a jobs round-table in Buffalo at noon on Friday. Later on in the afternoon she was scheduled to be at a campaign-organizing event at the city's transportation museum. 

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John Kasich held a town hall at Sacred Heart University, a Roman Catholic school in Fairfield, Connecticut, at noon. The Ohio governor was also planning on holding a second town hall at Le Moyne College in Syracuse later in the day.

Donald Trump was in New York City on Friday, but it was not clear if he had any campaign events planned. 

Ted Cruz, who was busy rolling matzo in Brooklyn Thursday evening, has no campaign events scheduled in the tri-state area.

Ted Cruz rolls matzo at the Chabat Neshama Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, April 7.
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