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Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Past Reveals Willingness to Play Hardball

Posted by Steve Schram on April 18, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Originally Published on April 16, 2016 on The New York Times by Patrick Healy

During the 1986 race for governor of Vermont, Bernie Sanders bristled at the popularity of the Democratic incumbent, Madeleine Kunin. Mr. Sanders, who was running against her as an independent, saw himself as a leader, and viewed Ms. Kunin as a lightweight.

“She does very well on television,” he told one interviewer. “She has an excellent press secretary.”

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