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BENNINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has created a Social Security caucus in the Senate to defend the entitlement program from anticipated attacks.

“My job is to do everything I can to rally Congressional support to defend Social Security and to rally the American people,” Sanders, an independent, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “We want to be safe rather than sorry.”

The new caucus will focus solely on defending Social Security, the retirement, disability and survivor program initially signed into law by former President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 as part of the New Deal.

Sanders said he expects a strong effort to dismantle or weaken the program, however, which he called “one of the great success stories of the United States of America.”