Sanders defends foreign policy chops
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE defended his foreign policy credentials during a Sunday morning interview, saying Hillary Clinton’s campaign tried a similar line of attack against then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008.


Responding on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to a New Republic piece entitled "Bernie Sanders Could do Better on Foreign Policy Than Bringing up Hillary Clinton's Iraq Vote," Sanders told host Chuck Todd that “there’s no question” that Clinton has a “great deal” of experience in foreign policy.

“But it is not just experience that matters, it is judgment. And I think that we have the judgment in terms of what we should do with [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] ISIS right now that we should learn the lesson of the Iraq War, which I rigorously opposed, which means that we cannot, Chuck, do it alone.”

Sanders also said that the criticism he’s facing now “is exactly what the Clinton people were doing to Senator Barack Obama” in 2008.

“They were attacking him, he didn't have the experience, et cetera, et cetera,” he added. “I am absolutely confident that if elected president, we will have a very strong foreign policy for the American people.”

Sanders also fired back at criticism from former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, a Clinton supporter, who said she was “very concerned about his lack of knowledge.”

“Number one, I have been to briefing after briefing after briefing,” Sanders said. “You know, in fact, just a couple of weeks ago when I visited with the president, one of the things that we talked about was Iran and foreign policy.”

“It is obviously an enormously important part of what being a president is about,” he added. “Now I don't really know this, so maybe the answer is different, tell me what Madeline Albright's position on the War in Iraq.

“I wouldn't be surprised if she supported that war. So you know, the issue here is not just experience, the issue is judgment.