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Jan 4, 2016 4:25 PM

Sanders talks economy, guns, Middle East, and more in 1-on-1 interview with NH1 Radio

CONCORD - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders continued his attack on big banks and what he calls a broken Wall Street system in a one-on-one interview with NH1 Radio on Monday, ahead of a speech he plans to deliver on Tuesday that centers on economic policy.

"I want to see a financial situation, financial institutions in this country where it returns to 'boring' banking, where banks make sensible and safe loans to small and medium-sized businesses and homeowners so we can grow the economy," says Sanders.

When asked if a Sanders presidency would allow individuals to invest their savings in brick-and-mortar businesses instead of Wall Street-the way 401Ks are currently set up-the Vermont Senator said, "That's a good question, I can't give you a definitive answer. That's one of the issues we'll be looking at."

On foreign policy, with tensions growing between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Sanders says the U.S. can't go it alone when it comes to dealing with the Middle East. While emphasizing that destroying ISIS remains the top U.S. priority in the region, Sanders says "We need Muslim troops on the ground-which is what people like King Abdullah are talking about-and those troops, Muslim troops, need the support of the United States, U.K., France, Russia, other major powers around the world."

On the topic of gun violence, while Sanders hasn't seen specifics of President Obama's plans to address the issue, he generally supports the use of executive action, saying that while bipartisan legislation is always the preferred route, "The truth is that my Republican colleagues are not interested in moving forward in terms of gun safety."

The latest NH1 Poll of Polls shows Sanders maintaining a slight lead over fellow Democratic rival Hillary Clinton-but the Vermont Senator continues to lag behind Clinton in national polling. Sanders says his campaign is ready to compete beyond New Hampshire, pointing out that some polls had him with only 3 percent support when he first announced his campaign. He also believes his growing grassroots support will help his campaign.

"We have received more individual campaign contributions-some two and a half million-than any candidate in the history of the United States of America."

Sanders wraps up a 2-day visit to New Hampshire with a town hall meeting at Manchester Community College Monday night.

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