Bernie Sanders: I'd be a Better President Than Hillary

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Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 11:33 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Sen. Bernie Sanders says he would make a better president than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even though he doesn't have a "burning ambition" to be the commander-in-chief.

In an interview with Time Magazine published Wednesday, the 72-year-old Vermont Independent said that Clinton is a "very, very intelligent person," but he doubts she will bring about the "political revolution in America" he believes necessary to give a voice to the majority of Americans.

"We need candidates who are prepared to represent the working families of this country, who are prepared to stand up to the big money interests, who are prepared to support an aggressive agenda to expand the middle class," Sanders, the longest serving Independent in congressional history, told Time.

"And I am prepared to be that candidate. If there are other candidates who come forward who can do it better than me, that's fine. I don't again wake up with a burning ambition to be President of the United States."

Sanders listed a number of issues he feels should be at the top of the political agenda, including universal healthcare, access to higher education, and campaign finance reform.
He specifically cited the influence of the Koch brothers as a major problem of the political system, and criticized the 2010 "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for super PACs, calling it "disastrous."

This is not the first time Sanders has floated the idea of a presidential bid. In an interview in November he said he would run for the White House if no other candidate represented a progressive platform. 

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