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Sanders: Pope Francis "a beautiful man"

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 01:19

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls Pope Francis ''a beautiful man'' after meeting with him at the Vatican. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday morning (April 16) and the two discussed the need for morality in the world economy before the pontiff left for a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos. Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs told Reuters that the meeting took place in the Vatican guesthouse where the pope lives and where Sanders had spent the night after addressing a Vatican conference on social justice. The Vatican had said that a meeting between the two was not planned, and Sanders said he did not expect to meet the pope during his trip. "He is a beautiful man," Sanders said in an interview with CBS News after the meeting. "I am not a Catholic, but there is a radiance that comes from him." The Democratic hopeful from Vermont has campaigned on a promise to rein in corporate power and level the economic playing field for working and lower-income Americans whom he says have been left behind, a message echoing that of the pope. The meeting came just days before Tuesday's Democratic party primary in New York, where polls say he is trailing Hillary Clinton. After he won seven of the last eight state contests, a loss in Sanders' home state would give front-runner Clinton a boost toward the party's presidential nomination. Sanders, the Brooklyn-born son of Polish Jewish immigrants, has said the trip was not a pitch for the Catholic vote but a testament to his admiration for the pontiff.

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Sanders: Pope Francis "a beautiful man"

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 01:19