Sen. Sanders Considering 2016 Run: There’s ‘Profound Anger’ at Political Parties
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the longest-serving independent congressman in the history of the institution, told Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd (on his inaugural appearance on the show) he was considering a run for president, something that might require switching his party affiliation to Democrat.
“I am thinking about running for president, and the issue of whether you run as an independent, with the necessity of setting up a fifty-state infrastructure, running as a Democrat, that’s something that I’m looking at,” Sanders said, noting that he had not ruled out running as an independent. “The truth is, profound anger at both political parties, more and more people are becoming independent.”
Todd asked whether Sanders potential campaign was an inherent rebuke of Hillary Clinton’s potential campaign, as it is historically odd for there to be multiple candidates in a presidential primary.
“I don’t know that Hillary is running,” Sanders said. “I don’t know what she’s running on. I know that the middle class in this country is collapsing. I know that the gap between the very, very rich and everybody else is growing wider. There’s profound anger at the greed on Wall Street, anger at the media establishment. The American people want real change. I have been taking on the big money interests and special interests all of my political life…The issue is not Hillary.”
Watch the clip below, via NBC News:
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