Is the UFC world champion a socialist? Ronda Rousey backs Bernie Sanders for president

Is the UFC world champion a socialist? Ronda Rousey backs Bernie Sanders for president

The Guardian

If the Democratic debates get rough in the following months, Bernie Sanders can call on some impressive muscle to back him up: UFC world champion Ronda Rousey.

The news may come as a blow for Republican hopeful and one-man story generator Donald Trump, who had claimed over the summer that Rousey supported him. Instead, it looks like Rousey will throw her weight behind the socialist junior senator from Vermont.

“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” Rousey told Maxim . “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”

Not that Hillary Clinton can count on Rousey’s support if she beats Sanders to the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. “If he doesn’t win against Hillary, then I’ll probably vote for a third party again. To be honest, in 2012 I was against both candidates and so I just picked any third party because I thought if more people voted for third parties then they’d have to take third parties seriously.”

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Rousey has an eclectic voting record. In the last election she passed up the chance to vote for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, instead going for the political brain that is Roseanne Barr. “I voted for Roseanne last time,” Rousey said. “Mostly I went in to vote for all the state and local things. I was so unimpressed with the whole presidential campaign that I picked whatever third party I saw, and I saw Roseanne and thought, ‘That’s awesome.’ But I’m really pulling for Sanders this time. I hope it works out.”

The unbeaten Rousey defends her world title this weekend against Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia. She did not state her position on whether the pyramids were used to store grain .

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