NYC mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio defends his past support of Sandinistas

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Fresh off receiving the endorsement of President Barack Obama, New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, during a Tuesday morning appearance on the PIX11 Morning News, defended his past support of Nicaragua’s Sandinista party.

De Blasio has been fielding questions about his past association with the Sandinista party after the New York Times published an article that delved into his time in Nicaragua where he traveled as a young activist, “developing an admiration for the Nicaraguan revolutionaries.”

The mayoral hopeful did not mince words on the time he spent in Central America.

“I think the U.S. policies at that time were wrong. This is something I’ve been open about for years. I was very proud to be involved in that work because I think the United States funding the Contra forces in Central America, intervening in other countries — I think that was bad policy.

“That was Reagan-Bush policy that was failed and the fact is, people in this country turned against it.”

Outside of the Times article, de Blasio spoke about receiving the President’s endorsement, calling it an honor. Although Obama is in New York for the United Nation’s General Assembly, it wasn’t immediately clear if the two had any plans to meet.

De Blasio likened himself to Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom he describes as someone who “was the best model we ever had in this country of how government helps people particularly in times of need.”

“That’s what I believe in fundamentally, so I felt that way throughout my life and I acted that way throughout my life.”

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