NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fresh off his primary win in New Hampshire, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with the Rev. Al Sharpton over breakfast Wednesday morning in New York City.
Supporters cheered as Sharpton greeted Sanders with a hug when he arrived at the famed Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem shortly before 10 a.m.
“It’s just so exciting to see him,” Sanders supporter Kathy Selleck told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes. “I believe in him so much.”
The two met for about 30 minutes. Photos from the meeting showed the men sitting and talking at a small table inside the restaurant.
PHOTOS: Sanders & Sharpton At Sylvia’s
Sharpton tweeted a photo of the meeting followed by a second photo of him “Walking Senator Sanders to his car after our meeting at Sylvia’s.”
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Sharpton said they discussed a variety of topics.
“I asked him very bluntly about Flint, I asked him very bluntly about affirmative action, I asked him about the issues of police brutality and police misconduct,” he said.
Shaprton said Sanders’ visit shows that minorities will not be ignored, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
“I think it is very important that he sent the signal that on the morning after a historic victory, it’s the widest margin we’ve seen in the history of New Hampshire, that he come to Harlem and have breakfast with me,” Sharpton said.
Sanders did not speak with reporters and Sharpton said he hasn’t made an endorsement and won’t until he meets with Hillary Clinton.
The Vermont senator swept to victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, gathering a majority of votes from men, independents and voters under 45, as well as a slim majority of women.
Sanders mentioned in his victory speech Tuesday night that he was heading to New York, but didn’t give specifics.
“I am going to New York City tonight and tomorrow, but I am not going to New York City to hold a fundraiser on Wall Street,” Sanders told his supporters. “I’m going to hold a fundraiser right here, right now across America.”
Tuesday night’s win for Sanders completes his rise from presidential long shot to legitimate challenger for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton.
The candidates are now looking ahead to the next contest in South Carolina, where there’s a more diverse electorate — something experts say favors Clinton.
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