Leftist US candidate applauds Greek austerity 'No' vote

US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, pictured on June 3, 2015, applauded Greece's rejection of a bailout referendum at the height of the country's standoff with European Union creditorsUS Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist and 2016 candidate for president, has applauded Greece’s rejection of a bailout referendum at the height of the country’s standoff with European Union creditors. “I applaud the people of Greece for saying ‘No’ to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly,” Sanders said in a statement late Sunday. Sanders is a political independent, although he caucuses with Democrats in the Senate and is seeking the Democratic nomination, challenging frontrunner Hillary Clinton and a handful of other Democrats.

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