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Sanders Going Back to Senate as Independent

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 02:46 PM

The Democratic Party showed no favor for Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary, and now he will return the favor back in his home state of Vermont.

Sanders announced his plans to serve out his Senate term as an independent and said more Dems should follow him out of the party, The Wall Street Journal's Peter Nicholas reported Tuesday.

"I was elected as an independent; I'll stay two years more as an independent," Mr. Sanders said, speaking at the Bloomberg Politics breakfast Tuesday.

Sanders, from a state with no party registration, entered the presidential race as a Democrat and backed Hillary Clinton as the party nominee in his speech Monday night, but he is out now amid the scandal of emails that showed the DNC plotting to undermine Sanders' candidacy and slanting toward Clinton.

Sanders said Debbie Wasserman Schultz's resignation as chair of the Democratic National Committee should just be the start of his temporary party's reform.

"We need a DNC which has as very different direction," he said, according to the Journal. "I honestly don't know many of the people there. But my guess is we're going to need new leadership, a new direction and new personnel."

Sanders' campaign might have been cast off by the DNC, but his speech Monday night was all about unifying it. He has vowed to not run as an independent to support the Democratic campaign against Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.

Trump tweeted back in April, Sanders should run as an independent, a move that would conceivably take votes from Clinton and ultimately help Trump.


Sanders called for a unified party Monday night in support of Clinton, but he will be watching that happen from the outside.

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