Democratic candidates debate: Dealing with Venezuela

Univision’s Jorge Ramos asks Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro, “Is Nicolas Maduro a dictator?”
3:21 | 09/13/19

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Jorge? Thank you very much. You haven't been asked about Latin America in the previous debates, so, let's begin. Senator Sanders, one country where many immigrants are arriving from is vvenezuela. You admit that Venezuela does not have free elections, but you refuse to call Nicolas maduro a can you explain why? And what are the differences between your kind of socialism and the ones being imposed in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Well, first of all, let me be clear. Anybody that does what maduro does is a vicious tyrant. What we need now is international and regional cooperation for free elections in Venezuela to the people of that country can create their own future. In terms of democratic socialism. To equate what goes on in Venezuela with what I believe is extremely unfair. I'll tell you what I believe in terms of dimdemocratic socialism. I agree with goes on in Canada and scandinavia, guaranteeing health care to all people as a human right. I believe that the United States should not be the only major country on Earth not to provide paid family and medical leave. I believe that every worker in this country deserves a living wage and that we expand the trade union movement. I happen to believe also that what, to me, democratic socialism means, is we deal with an issue, we do not discuss enough, Jorge, not in the media, and not in congress. You got three people in America owning more wealth than the bott half of this country. You got a handful of billionaires controlling what goes on in Wall Street, the insurance companies and in the media. Maybe, just maybe, what we should be doing is creating an economy that works for all of us, not 1%. That's my understanding of democratic socialism. A quick response. 45 seconds. Sure, thank you. I'll call maduro a dictator, because he is a dictator. And what we need to do is make sure that the Venezuelan people get the assistance that they need. That we continue to pressure Venezuela so that they'll have free and fair elections, and also here in the United States, offer temporary protected status, tps, to Venezuelans. That is something that the trump administration has failed to do, for all of his big talk about supporting the venezuelan-american community, he has failed. I will not. I also believe that we need to do things like a 21st century marshal plan so that people can find safety and opportunity at home instead of having to make the dangerous journey to the United States and under my administration, we're going to put renewed focus on Latin America. It makes sense. They're our neighbors and we have a lot of things in common. It makes sense as well that because we have a country like China that is going around the world to places like Africa and Latin America, making those relationships, the United States needs to strengthen those relationships in Latin America immediately.

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