WATCH: U.S. Poverty Is a 'Death Sentence' Similar to Conditions in 'Palestine,' Says Sanders

During a campaign rally ahead of the Maryland primary, Bernie Sanders compared poverty in Baltimore to quality of life statistics from around the world - including North Korea, Nigeria and Palestinian Authority.

RealClearPolitics

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign stop in Baltimore compared poverty in areas of the city to conditions “in the West Bank in Palestine.”

“Poverty in Baltimore, and around this country, is a death sentence,” Sanders, the Independent governor of Vermont, said Saturday. RealClearPolitics published a video of the speech on its website.

“Fifteen neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two have a higher infant mortality rate than the West Bank in Palestine Baltimore teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 face poorer health conditions and a worse economic outlook than those in distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China and South Africa,” Sanders said.

Maryland is one of five states holding primary elections on Tuesday. In addition to Maryland, voters will go to the polls in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Short transcript:

Bernie Sanders: "Poverty in Baltimore, and around this country, is a death sentence.

"People don't know this. If you are born in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you are born in a wealthier neighborhood.

"Fifteen neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea.

"Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than the West Bank in Palestine. Baltimore teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 face poorer health conditions and a worse economic outlook than those in distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China and South Africa.

"We are talking about the United States of America in the year 2016 – a country in which the top one tenth of one percent now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom ninety percent."