Sen. Bernie Sanders Moving to Challenge Hillary in 2016

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Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 09:26 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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For a while, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic socialist from Vermont, has been hinting that he may join the 2016 presidential race. The Hill reports that Sanders is doing more than talking. In September he’s traveling to New Hampshire and Iowa, two states key to winning a presidential nomination.

Over Labor Day weekend, Sanders will speak at an AFL-CIO breakfast in Manchester before heading to Iowa, showing up at the same time Hillary Clinton will be there "building support" for her own 2016 run, according to The Hill.

"I’ll be going to New Hampshire, and I’ll be going to Iowa. That’s part of my trying to ascertain the kind of support that exists for a presidential run," he told The Hill on Monday.

Earlier in August, during an interview with Time, Sanders minced no words, saying he’d make a better president than Hillary Clinton.

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"If you talk about the need for a political revolution in America, it’s fair to say that Secretary Clinton probably will not be one of the more active people," he said.

And he told Yahoo News that Clinton should not be the assumed nominee of the Democratic Party, adding that she is not a "sufficient champion" to address the income inequality problem plaguing the country.

"She has accomplished a lot of very positive things in her career, but I'm not quite sure that the political process is one in which we anoint people," he said.

America is quickly becoming an oligarchy, where a small minority control a vast majority of the wealth, Sanders said.

He plans to visit South Carolina this week — the Palmetto State is home to an early 2016 presidential primary — to speak at an event sponsored by Progressive Voters of America, South Forward, and the South Carolina Progressive Network, according to The Hill.

Though many liberals question Clinton’s ties to Wall Street, Sanders has declined to comment on the subject.

"I don’t want to speak about other people," he said.

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