IN Focus Exclusive: One-on-one with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

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HAMMOND, Ind. — Hillary Clinton made her first campaign visit to Indiana in what she says is a symbolic setting. She came to Munster Steel Corporation in Hammond to talk about protecting Hoosier manufacturing jobs.

In an exclusive interview with Bob Donaldson, she says she has plan to keep countries like China from dumping cheap steel on the marketplace. Clinton claims that’s how to prevent jobs from leaving Indiana, like Carrier did when they moved to Mexico.

“Here in Indiana, one out of five jobs is in manufacturing, so I wanted to bring my message about a manufacturing Renaissance,” said Clinton.

In the video above, the Democrat also discussed the unprecedented Indiana primary coming up on May 3. Clinton wouldn’t comment directly on Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich coordinating their efforts against Donald Trump. She does contend that the policies of all the Republican candidates are similar.

“I have concerns about the campaign Donald Trump is running. But a lot of the policies are the same as Ted Cruz’ and to a less extent John Kasich. I’m going to let the Republicans carry out their primary, then I will turn my attention to the general election campaign.”

Clinton also talked for the first time on the campaign trail about the gaffe she made in one of the private emails she released last year. In it, she referred to Indianapolis as “India-no-place.” The candidate laughed about the misstep…calling it a joke that even people in Indiana often make. She called Indianapolis a “beautiful” city that she admires. Clinton cited her Midwest roots as evidence she was only kidding.

“I’m not a Hoosier, cause I’m from Illinois. But, I’m an admirer of the city and how it developed,” said Clinton.

Also in the video above, we talk with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who campaigned at Indiana University last week.

He held a rally in the campus auditorium, which was filled to capacity, with more than 3,000 audience members. Thousands more of the senator’s supporters were turned away because there wasn’t enough room inside.

Clearly, Sanders message is resonating with a college aged crowd, but will it be enough to help him come back from a big delegate deficit against Hillary Clinton?

“I think we have a real shot to win here and I think the reason, the way we do it is to get the word out that it is important that people come out to vote. We win in elections where the turnout is high, we lose where the turnout is low,” Sanders told reporter, James Gherardi in a one on one interview.

Thousands of IU students came to hear the Vermont Senator speak Wednesday night on the heels of a tough loss to his opponent Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, Sanders lost in four eastern state primaries to Clinton.

We asked him what it is about his message that’s resonating with younger voters.

“Well I think it’s a question of idealism. Young people by definition are idealistic. They want to see this country do a lot better than we are, but it’s also very personal. Many of these young people will leave school $30-50-70,000 in debt,” he said.

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