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St. Mike's students take aim at Leahy HIV/AIDS support

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

College students at St. Mike's have some strong words for Vermont's Senators.

The groups of young people are part of a national organization known as the Student Global AIDS Campaign. Friday they marched down Burlington's Church Street, hitting the offices of Senator Sanders and Leahy. They thanked Sanders for his commitment to the fight against AIDS and his work to secure funding to fight the problem. So why did they deliver a condolence card to Senator Leahy?

"We are mourning the loss of Sen. Leahy's public commitment to ending HIV/AIDS, so we had a condolence card that we delivered to him just reminding him that he used to really commit to these programs and this past year his commitment has dwindled and it's upsetting and we just want the hero we once had in this office," said Meaghan Diffenderfer, a student organizer.

In response, Leahy's Spokesman David Carle issued a statement saying, "No one in the entire Congress has done more in the global fight against AIDS than Senator Leahy." Carle said Leahy has secured more appropriations for global AIDS than any senator in history.

Leahy is an alum of St. Michael's and his spokesman says Leahy is proud of the students there, but on this issue he says they are misinformed.

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