During Thursday’s democratic debate, candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offered differing opinions on diplomacy in the role of U.S. foreign policy:

HILLARY CLINTON: We have a lot of work to do with Iran before we ever say that they could move toward normalized relations with us.

BERNIE SANDERS: We have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of work to do. But I recall –Secretary Clinton ran against then-Senator Obama. She was critical of him for suggesting that maybe you want to talk to Iran, that you want to talk to our enemies. I have no illusion. Of course you’re right. Iran is sponsoring terrorism in many parts of the world, destabilizing areas. Everybody knows that. But our goal is, in fact, to try over a period of time to in fact deal with our enemies, not just ignore them.13

Phyllis Bennis joins Sharmini Peries on The Real News Network to discuss the exchange and the broader implications of a U.S. foreign policy guided by Clinton or Sanders.

See the full interview transcript on The Real News Network’s website.

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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