"This is now a national, central issue and anyone running for President needs to come up with a formula or — in my opinion — they forfeit their right to be taken seriously," Sharpton said on MSNBC.
The civil rights leader and MSNBC called out Clinton, Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) by name. Sharpton caught himself after listing Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) among the bunch, presumably because the senator jumped into the discussion on Thursday with an op-ed in TIME magazine.
Earlier on, Sharpton compared President Obama's response with the potential 2016 candidates.
"I've heard over and over again, rightfully so, what is President Obama going to do? Well, he's the President, and he has spoken on it twice throughout vacation," he said.
“But all of these candidates? I land in New York this morning and I see Chris Christie dancing with Jamie Foxx,” Sharpton said, referring to an event in the Hamptons that Christie and others attended over the weekend.