The Republican National Committee Thursday attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after a CNN report detailed the self-described Democratic socialist's calls to nationalize "utilities, banks and major industries" while leading a far-left political party in the 1970s.
"If there were any doubt that Democrats are the party of socialism ..." RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a tweet linking to the report, which detailed Sanders' political positions as the standard-bearer of Vermont's Liberty Union Party.
He also called for "socialized medicine," "the public ownership of utilities, banks and major industries," and said corporations that attempt to leave towns and cities should be converted into "worker-controlled enterprises" through "legislation which will bring about the public ownership of the major means of production."
That same year, Sanders praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, telling an interviewer that "just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people, doesn't mean that people in their own nations feel the same way."
Three years later, in 1988, Sanders returned from a visit to the Soviet Union and praised the Communist state's public transportation system, as well as what he described as a "variety of programs for young people, and cultural programs which go far beyond what we do in this country."