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Eric Garner's daughter campaigns for Bernie Sanders in S.C.

By Ann Marie Awad   |   Feb. 16, 2016 at 2:48 PM
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COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, who died during an arrest in New York, is campaigning for Sen. Bernie Sanders in South Carolina.

Garner, who appeared in a campaign ad for the Vermont senator last week, is canvassing in the state.

She introduced him Monday at the University of South Carolina, where she called him a "fearless public servant that is not afraid to stand against the establishment for the people."

"I wish there were a black Democrat standing up for us out there, but Bernie is the closest thing to that. I can relate to him," Garner told The Boston Globe.

Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are working hard to appeal to black voters, who comprise a considerable bloc in the Southern state.

While Garner has endorsed Sanders for president, her grandmother, Gwen Carr, endorses Clinton.

"Eighteen months ago, my son Eric Garner died at the hands of men who were supposed to protect him. Eric was unarmed when a police officer choked him to death," Carr said in a statement put out last month by Clinton's campaign. "Hillary seems to be the only candidate right now who's talking about how we can be strategic in trying to solve this problem. That's why I'm endorsing her for president."

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