The Latest: Sanders takes in Broadway smash ‘Hamilton’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):

9:31 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is taking a break from campaigning to enjoy another political drama: “Hamilton,” the smash-hit Broadway musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton.

The Democratic presidential contender and his wife, Jane, took in the show after a day of campaigning around New York City. New York holds its primary April 19.

“Hamilton” is the hottest ticket on Broadway. Sanders rival Hillary Clinton has already seen it, and has quoted from it on the campaign trail.

Another high-profile fan is President Barack Obama, who invited its star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to the White House last month.


8:55 p.m.

Ted Cruz has added 21 delegates to his count after sweeping Republican contests in Colorado’s seven congressional districts.

The Texas senator ran the table during assembles that culminated Friday. Donald Trump only won two alternate delegates.

Cruz is poised to pad his total at Saturday’s Colorado Republican Convention. Thirteen delegates will be at stake there. Cruz has already won a majority of the state’s 37 delegates.


7:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump’s call for Mexico to pay for a wall along its border with the United States “is like a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.”

Clinton is also criticizing Trump for calling NATO obsolete and for saying some Asian nations might need nuclear weapons. She says those plans make her think, “OK, and then what happens?”

The Democratic front-runner is also trying to link other Republicans to Trump. She says that while he may be more “flamboyant” in his rhetoric, other Republicans have similar positions.

Clinton is campaigning in Rochester, New York, ahead of the state’s April 19 primary.


6:10 p.m.

Bernie Sanders used his visit to his native Brooklyn, New York, to take a walk down memory lane — a walk he used to address one of his primary political messages.

In a campaign rally in the borough’s Greenpoint neighborhood, where he addressed a cheering crowd to the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, Sanders reminisced about his old rent control apartment and noted the struggle of Americans now trying to make rent month-after-month.

“Growing up here, I learned the major lesson that I’ve learned in my life about economics, and that there are millions of families in America today who struggle every single day to take care of their families,” Sanders said.

Sanders was campaigning in New York ahead of the state’s contentious April 19 primary where he and rival Hillary Clinton are engaged in a tight battle for the Democratic nomination.


5:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Bernie Sanders’ comment earlier this week questioning if she was qualified to be president was a “misrepresentation.”

Speaking to reporters in Williamsville, New York, Friday, Clinton said there was “no basis” for the remarks and “I don’t know why he made them in the first place.”

Asked if she thought Sanders was qualified, Clinton said: “Yes. As I said, I would take him over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz any day.”

Sanders has said that he was pushing back against attacks from Clinton’s campaign. Earlier Friday, at a Manhattan town hall meeting broadcast on NBC’s “Today Show,” Sanders said “of course,” Clinton was qualified to become president.

Clinton said she hoped the increasingly combative tone of the Democratic primary would not make it hard to later unify the party around one candidate, noting that she supported President Barack Obama after losing to him in 2008.

“I worked hard to unify the party when I dropped out in 2008 and endorsed then Sen. Obama. I think it’s important we unify the party because the real test will be in the general election,” Clinton said. “I can’t imagine what would happen to our country if Donald Trump or Ted Cruz were elected. So I’m going to work hard to unify the party.”



Bernie Sanders is telling a crowd just blocks away from his childhood home in Brooklyn that a win in New York’s April 19 primary will help take him to the White House.

Sanders peppered his brief speech Friday with references to the neighborhood he lived in for 18 years, including memories of playing marbles in the street and attending a nearby school. He said a movement is developing in Brooklyn and elsewhere to say that “it is too late for establishment politics.”

Sanders has stepped up his rhetoric against Clinton in recent days, at one point saying she is not qualified to be president. He said at his Friday rally that Wall Street shouldn’t determine what is going on in Washington, but avoided harsh remarks against Clinton.


3:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says that while she’s been called a lot of things over the years, “unqualified is not one of them.”

Clinton is responding to rival Bernie Sanders’ sharp critique earlier this week that she was unqualified to be president. The Vermont senator has since softened that rhetoric.

Clinton says a debate over her qualifications is “pretty silly.” She says the election should be about “who can actually get things done.”

Clinton is speaking at a rally in Buffalo, part of a day-long swing through Western New York where she’s been heavily emphasizing the work she did in the region as a New York senator.


3:00 p.m.

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says Donald Trump should try running for governor of New York or some other office before attempting to become president.

Chafee said on Friday that if he were in Trump’s position, he would try for a lower office and see how it goes.

Chafee, a former Republican U.S. senator, says presidential candidates should have previous experience in elected office.

He also says it’s scary to hear what the Republican candidates are saying about America’s place in the world.

Chafee says Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are “vastly superior,” but he’s not offering an endorsement.

Chafee says he’ll support whichever candidate wins the Democratic nomination, “with enthusiasm.”

Rhode Island’s presidential primary is April 26.

Chafee ended his presidential campaign in October.


1:40 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton says he regrets a heated exchange with protesters while campaigning on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton.

Bill Clinton told supporters in Erie, Penn. that he likes protests but it “bothers” him when the activists drown him out.

He said: “So I did something yesterday in Philadelphia. I almost wanted to apologize for it, but I want to use it as an example of the danger threatening our country.”

Bill Clinton said Americans need to be able to have conversations, even when they are angry. He said he recognized he, too, failed to do that with the protesters.

“I realized, finally, I was talking past her in the way she was talking past me. We got to stop that in this country. We got to listen to each other,” he says.

Bill Clinton was interrupted by protesters upset about welfare reform and gun violence laws passed when he was in office 20 years ago.


1:30 p.m.

An attorney representing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign says he won’t challenge the result of Arizona’s problematic presidential primary.

Chris Sautter said Friday that he still has serious concerns that many voters were denied the right to vote in the state’s largest county.

Maricopa County had hourslong lines at many polling places March 22. In addition, about 20,000 provisional ballots were thrown out.

The Department of Justice has launched an inquiry into whether the county violated voting-rights laws.

Sautter says contesting the election results in hopes of winning just one or two additional delegates to the national convention isn’t worth the expense.

The Sanders campaign instead is considering a federal lawsuit aimed at preventing future problems.

Hillary Clinton won Arizona’s Democratic primary and the majority of its delegates.


1:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says it’s “just a thrill” to see economic progress in Buffalo, New York, that she says started during her eight years as senator.

Clinton is opening a day-long visit to Western New York with a tour and roundtable at a new medical campus in Buffalo. Clinton’s campaign says she helped secure more than $10 million in federal funding for the project while in the Senate.

During a meeting with community leaders, Clinton said, “We dreamed a lot of dreams together.”

Clinton says that if she’s elected president, she would have a “much heftier research agenda” that could benefit the medical campus. She called budget cuts made by Congress under the so-called sequester “counterproductive” to research.


10:05 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he would “very much like to” meet Pope Francis when he travels to the Vatican next week but he has not received an official invitation from the Catholic leader.

It’s “not yet clear,” Sanders told journalists in New York Friday, saying this pope is someone he has “enormous respect for in terms of the mental consciousness that he’s raising.”

Sanders’ campaign released a statement Friday saying that Sanders, who is the first Jewish candidate ever to win a presidential primary, will address a conference next week hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on social, economic and environmental issues.


10:00 a.m.

Ted Cruz raised about $12.5 million last month as he worked to gain momentum in the Republican presidential race.

His campaign manager Jeff Roe tweeted Friday that over the first three months of this year, Cruz had collected $32 million. He’s been raising more money each month.

Roe did not say how much cash Cruz had left as of the end of the month.

Other GOP campaigns had not yet shared their totals. All candidates must file their March fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission by April 20.


9:05 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he’s been invited to the Vatican for a meeting on social, environmental and economic issues.

Sanders, who is Jewish, says he was “very moved by the invitation” and that he’s a “very, very big fan of the pope,” despite differences on some issues.

The Vermont senator told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday that he particularly respects the pope’s statements bemoaning “the idolatry of money” in society.


8:40 a.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is backing away from an earlier suggestion that Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified to be president.

Appearing in nationally broadcast interviews on Friday, Sanders defended speaking out harshly against Clinton, saying “we’ve got to fight back” against statements that she’s made. But when asked whether she was qualified for the White House, Sanders said “of course” and that Clinton “on her worst day” would still be “an infinitely better candidate” than anyone on the Republican side.

Clinton made similar remarks Friday, saying Sanders would be a better president than anyone in the GOP. She shrugged off his recent criticisms, noting “people say lots of things” on the campaign.

Sanders appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and NBC’s “Today.” Clinton appeared on “Today.”


7:50 a.m.

Hillary Clinton says Republicans are living in a world of “fantasy and hope” if they think she’ll be indicted over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Legal experts agree that charges are unlikely. But Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” says Republicans tell him privately they hope Clinton will be taken out of the election equation in coming months because of criminal charges.

Clinton laughed at the suggestion, saying the suggestion shows how desperate the GOP has become and that their “fondest wishes” won’t come true.

Of the ongoing investigation, Clinton calls it a “security review” that is “conducted in our government all the time.”

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