Leading American political analyst and philosopher Noam Chomsky says independent US Senator Bernie Sanders “doesn’t have much of a chance” to win in a political system where elections are “mainly bought”.
The 87-year-old MIT academic made the remarks in an interview with Al Jazeera English’s Mehdi Hasan — part of which will be broadcast on Friday.
Chomsky, a self-described libertarian socialist, called Sanders “a New Dealer” rather than a “socialist,” and said the Vermont senator has the best policies of the US presidential candidates, but he does not have a real chance to win against Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
“I agree with him in a lot of things, not in other things,” Chomsky said. “I frankly think that in our system of mainly bought elections, he doesn’t have much of a chance.”
“But if he were elected I think he would – of the current candidates – I think he’d be the one who would have, from my point of view, the best policies,” he added.
Chomsky, who lives in the blue state of Massachusetts, said he would choose Clinton over the Republican nominee if he lived in a swing state such as Ohio.
“Oh absolutely…my vote would be against the Republican candidate,” he said.
Chomsky cited “enormous differences” between Democratic and Republican candidates. “Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a skeptic who says we can’t do it,” Chomsky said.
“What they are saying is, ‘Let’s destroy the world.’ Is that worth voting against? Yeah,” he stated.
Senator Sanders, who calls himself a “Democratic socialist,” is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidential election.
Sanders has a slim lead over Clinton in Iowa in an online new poll. According to the CBS News “Battleground Tracker” survey, released on Sunday, Sanders has a 1 point lead over Clinton, 47 to 46 percent.
However, he significantly expanded his lead over Clinton in the key state of New Hampshire.
Sanders is now leading the former secretary of state by 19 percentage points in the Granite State, 57 to 38 percent.
Meanwhile, Clinton has a commanding lead over Sanders in South Carolina, 60 to 38 percent, the survey showed