Sen. Sanders: I May Run for President as Independent Progressive

Image: Sen. Sanders: I May Run for President as Independent Progressive

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 09:27 PM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is considering a run for president if no other candidate embraces his progressive message.

The Vermont lawmaker, 72, told the Burlington Free Press that there needs to be a candidate who wants to challenge Wall Street, focus on the shrinking middle class, defend Medicare and Social Security from cuts, combat the spread of poverty, and address global warming.

"Under normal times, it's fine, you have a moderate Democrat running, a moderate Republican running," Sanders told the newspaper. "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."

He said that any presidential contender "is slightly crazy, because this is an unbelievably difficult job, given the crises that this country faces today."

"One of the difficulties for someone like me running is . . . I'm not going to get any money from Wall Street or corporate America . . .  It's one thing to talk about raising money for a Senate campaign in a small state, another thing running for president of the United States."

He said he'd likely run as an independent if he ran.

"The disadvantages of being an independent are you're not going to get in these big debates that you have on television," he said. "But I'm very proud to be an independent."

Sanders said he hears from supporters almost daily who are urging him to run.

"I think in this country now there is much deeper concern and discontent than both the political establishment and the media establishment understand," he said. "This just reinforces that. The responses are just off the charts."

Related story:

Bernie Sanders Brings Progressive Stance to Budget Conference



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Christie Resists Climate Change Plan

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 13:26 PM

The New Jersey Legislature is pressing Gov. Chris Christie to rejoin a regional cap-and-trade program to control carbon  . . .

Republican Senators Agree To Give $3 Million to Campaign Committee

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 12:52 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was soliciting contributions this week, but he was asking colleagues to donate fu . . .

Rep. Michael Grimm Leads Democrat Despite Tax Evasion

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 12:02 PM

Embattled Republican Rep. Michael Grimm is leading his Democratic challenger by four points in a recent poll, even thoug . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved