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Press Release - 'Defend This Nation' Ad Spotlights Sanders' Foreign Policy Judgement

January 20, 2016

BURLINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' foreign policy judgement and commitment to defeating the Islamic State terrorist organization without repeating the mistakes of the Iraq War are the focus of a new 30-second television spot which began airing Wednesday on stations in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"As president, I will defend this nation but I will do it responsibly," Sanders begins in the ad titled "Defend This Nation."

"I voted against the war in Iraq and that was the right vote," Sanders continues. "We must never forget the lessons of that experience."

Then-Rep. Sanders not only voted against the war but helped lead the opposition to the war – one of the worst foreign policy blunders in modern American history. Unfortunately, many of the concerns he raised in 2002 turned out to be true.

Sanders goes on to detail how he would defeat the so-called Islamic State as president. "ISIS must be destroyed but we should not do it alone. We need an international coalition, with Muslim boots on the ground, fighting with our support.

"It's time to end the quagmire of perpetual warfare in the Middle East. As president, I will," Sanders concludes.

To view the ad, click here.

To watch Sanders' House floor speech against the Iraq war below.

Bernie Sanders, Press Release - 'Defend This Nation' Ad Spotlights Sanders' Foreign Policy Judgement Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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