Cardin Hits Sanders on Maduro Stance: Venezuelan Dictator ‘Has Lost Legitimacy’

Washington Free Beacon | 2/22/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.) on Friday voiced his opposition to Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I., Vt.) position on Venezuelan leadership, saying the country's beleaguered leader Nicolas Maduro has "lost legitimacy."

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Cardin appeared on CNN's "Right Now," where host Brianna Keilar asked him about Sanders's recent interview with Univision's Jorge Ramos. During the interview, Sanders refrained from calling for Maduro to step down or saying whether he thought Maduro is a dictator.

"I disagree with Senator Sanders in regards to the legitimacy of President Maduro. I don't believe he is a legitimate leader," Cardin said. "I do agree with Senator Sanders that we need free and fair elections in Venezuela in order to determine its future leader. That has to be done."

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"Clearly Maduro has lost legitimacy. He was not freely elected, and his legitimacy as leader is no longer there. So I support the president in recognizing the new acting president," Cardin continued.

Keilar followed up to ask if Sanders was "missing the point" by saying it's up to the Venezuelan people to determine their leader, noting the recent absence of free and fair elections in the country....
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