Sanders highlights differences with Clinton at NY rally
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Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins Biden calls Trump a 'liar' and a 'clown' at first debate Biden mocks Trump campaign debate claims: 'I've got my earpiece and performance enhancers ready' MORE on Monday night condemned “the greed of corporate America” and knocked companies that generate billions of dollars but don’t invest in their employees or the communities where they’re based.

Speaking at a rally in Buffalo, N.Y., about a week before the state’s primary, Sanders highlighted a strike that may occur later this week at Verizon if the union representing workers can’t negotiate a contract that improves employee benefits and minimizes outsourcing.


“To make billions in profit, to outsource American jobs, to not invest in our communities, to demand cutting workers benefits, is what the greed of corporate America is all about,” Sanders said. “We are going to change that.”

Sanders also took a jab at the media, arguing that TV news networks should not determine what issues are important to Americans and their families.

“We have the courage to raise the real issues impacting the American people, issues that often don’t appear in television or in the corporate media,” Sanders said.

“It is we and our families who have to determine what reality is, not CNN or ABC,” he continued.

The Vermont senator outlined a laundry list of issues where he and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton after debate: 'Everyone better vote' Hillary Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter' is 'very profoundly a theological statement' House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE differ, including her 2002 vote for the Iraq War, her support for trade agreements and her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.

Sanders also attacked Clinton for her stance on fracking. He has called for phasing out the procedure, in which a pressurized mixture of water, sand or gravel and chemicals are injected into the ground to release oil and natural gas.

“She wants to increase regulations on fracking. That does not go far enough,” Sanders said. "In fact, Secretary Clinton, when she was secretary of State, worked with some of the fossil fuels companies to push fracking in countries all over the world. That was a mistake.”

Clinton has said she opposes individual fracking operations if a series of conditions are met.

The Vermont senator also took aim at GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE and pointed to polls where Sanders defeats him in general election match-ups. Sanders went on to blast Trump's rhetoric criticizing minority groups and assured supporters that the real estate mogul will not be elected president.

"It ain’t gonna happen," Sanders said. "The American people know that coming together in our proud diversity always trumps dividing us up."

Sanders is hoping to keep up his momentum and recent winning streak after victories in eight of the past nine contests, including among Democrats abroad.

He is competing against Clinton in New York’s delegate-rich April 19 primary as she seeks to extend her lead among pledged delegates.

Both Sanders and Clinton have ties to the Empire State: Sanders grew up in Brooklyn, and Clinton served as U.S. senator from the state.

Polls released Monday show the former secretary of State maintaining a double-digit lead in New York.