Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will consider making a run for the White House in 2016 if “no one else with progressive views similar to his” enters the race.
Do you hear Elizabeth Warren in that?
This piece has interesting overtones.
Here’s the story from the Burlington Free Press. I’m picking up near the middle, but do read from the start. You’ll get more context. While acknowledging Sanders knows he likely won’t win:
Still, Sanders says he is willing to consider making a run if no one else with progressive views similar to his ends up taking the plunge.
It is essential, he said, to have someone in the 2016 presidential campaign who is willing to take on Wall Street, address the “collapse” of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty and fiercely oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
Also, addressing global warming needs to be a top priority, not an afterthought, Sanders said.
“Under normal times, it’s fine, you have a moderate Democrat running, a moderate Republican running,” Sanders said. “These are not normal times. The United States right now is in the middle of a severe crisis and you have to call it what it is.”
In the article, Sanders says he’s quite a fan of Elizabeth Warren. Make of that what you will.
“This is not an individual thing, this is not a personal thing,” he told POLITICO in an interview Monday afternoon in his D.C. office. “This country today — we’re not living in normal times. These are incredibly challenging times and there are huge issues out there that have got to be addressed. And it would be a disaster for this country to go through a campaign where you had candidates who are not talking about the collapse of the middle class, growing wealth and income inequality, growth in poverty, global warming.”
What we know is that:
(1) Hillary Clinton looks like she may be running.
(2) Warren has said she’s not in the race.
(3) No progressive will enter the race while Clinton is positioned as an option.
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