Economist Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary during President Bill Clinton's first term, is leaning toward backing Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.

Reich discussed his preferences Tuesday evening during a forum hosted by the Howard Dean-founded nonprofit group Democracy for America to promote the economist's latest book, titled Saving Capitalism.

Asked who he thought would be the best candidate to handle income inequality in America, Reich responded, "I think that Bernie Sanders is saying very clearly, very powerfully exactly what the truth is."

Reich then added that was not the same as saying that the Vermont independent had the best chance of winning a general election. Nevertheless, he said Sanders was the candidate who "moved" him the most.

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