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Presidential candidates talk pay equality

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 11:34:26-04

Not only is it a moral issue, but its become a topic on the campaign trail.

Both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were in town recently, and both gave their two cents on pay equality. 

"And when we talk about equitable wages, we know that women today are making 73 cents on the dollar compared to men," Bernie Sanders said to a packed house at U.B. on Monday. 

The Democrat from Vermont added, "and if those women are African American or Latino, that gap is even wider.  What women are telling me is that they want the whole damn dollar and they're right."

Hillary Clinton had similar comments to add to the pay equality issue. "This is not just a woman's issue - although of course it is - it's a family issue." 

The former first lady said this past Friday at the Pierce Arrow Museum that the only way to grow the economy is by making pay for both genders equal. "The last I knew, we don't have a gender discount, that's why the more equal the pay is, the more family income there is." 

The New York Primary is on Tuesday, April 19th.