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Published 25 January 2016

Leading intellectual Noam Chomsky said U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had the best policies but corrupt election system would not let him win.

United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has no chance of winning in the U.S.’s “system of mainly bought elections,” renowned intellectual and linguist Noam Chomsky told Al-Jazeera in an interview, adding that Sanders has the best policies of the Democratic presidential contenders.

"I agree with him in a lot of things, not in other things," Chomsky said in the second part of an interview with Mehdi Hasan on Al-Jazeera's Up Front program. “I frankly think that in our system of mainly bought elections, he doesn't have much of a chance.”

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However, if Sanders were to be elected, “I think he would—of the current candidates—I think he'd be the one who would have, from my point of view, the best policies," Chomsky added.

While Sanders has been gaining popularity in recent weeks, nationwide polls put former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the lead with a comfortable 51 percent while Sanders is polling at 38 percent.

If analysts’ predictions prove right and Clinton scores the Democratic nomination, Chomsky said his vote would “absolutely” go to her over any Republican candidate, if he lived in a swing state.

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"Oh absolutely ... My vote would be against the Republican candidate," said Chomsky, who lives in Massachusetts, a Democratic state.

Republican candidates, according to the acclaimed professor, are seeking to “destroy the world” and there are significant differences between them and the policies of Democrats.

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"Every Republican candidate is either a climate change denier or a sceptic who says we can't do it,” he said. "What they are saying is, 'Let's destroy the world.' Is that worth voting against? Yeah."

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