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Soviet Sanders recalls the time he tried to stop America from defeating the USSR in new interview

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As Burlington’s mayor from 1981 to 1989, Bernie Sanders tried to infuse local politics with international issues. From his earliest days in office, Mr. Sanders aimed to execute his own foreign policy, repudiating President Ronald Reagan’s aggressive support for anti-Communist governments and resistance forces, while going further than many Democrats in backing socialist leaders.

In an article on Friday, The New York Times detailed Mr. Sanders’s foreign policy views during his mayoralty, including on the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and on the Soviet Union, and how his activities at the time brought into relief the fervently anti-imperialist worldview that would continue to guide him.

Mr. Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, initially declined an interview request for the article. But after it was published, he requested a phone interview.

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