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Bernie Sanders, who has criticized Joe Biden for voting in favor of the Iraq War in 2002, was pressed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on his initial support for the war in Afghanistan.

But the Vermont senator dismissed that question, arguing the war in Iraq was a much more signficant blunder than the conflict in Afghanistan.

Addressing why he was best prepared to serve as commander-in-chief, Joe Biden said his oft-repeated line about coming to oppose the Iraq War, even though the former senator originally voted in favor of the war.

Biden defended his foreign-policy record by pointing to his service as Barack Obama’s vice president. “The man who also argued against that war, Barack Obama, picked me to be his vice president,” Biden said.

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