Venezuela’s Maduro rooting for ‘revolutionary friend’ Sanders in US campaign

CARACAS – Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday night he supported Bernie Sanders in the US presidential race, adding that the candidate, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, would win if the vote were “free.” Maduro, a socialist who sees himself as the political heir to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has long railed against the United States, blaming it for Venezuela’s economic crisis and accusing Washington of attempting to topple him. “Bernie Sanders, our revolutionary friend, ought to win in the United States,” Maduro said during an hours-long televised broadcast.



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