Sanders’s decision to leave New York just days before a crucial primary here against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — for a 15-minute speech and no guarantee of a direct audience with the pontiff — has prompted much speculation about the self-described democratic socialist’s apparent infatuation with Francis as well as his commitment to the presidential campaign. Along with its possible downside, the gamble also comes with a potentially enormous payoff: a photograph with the pope that would be seen around the world.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.