Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who advocates European-style democratic socialism and caucuses with Senate Democrats, will headline a private gathering on Saturday in New Hampshire to gauge how much support he can garner for a 2016 presidential bid, The Hill
At the end of February, Sanders will travel to Iowa. A visit to Pennsylvania is also on the agenda.
If he sought the Democratic nomination, Sanders, 73, would present an uphill challenge from the left to presumed front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to the Hill.
Meanwhile, The American Prospect
reported that Sanders will use his perch as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee to promote his ideas about banking deregulation, unemployment, the budget deficit and trade.
Opposed to the consolidation of big banks, Sanders will argue that ordinary taxpayers have been left to pick up the tab for Wall Street profligacy. He thinks of the financial crisis in budgetary terms, arguing that massive amounts of government revenue were lost because of the 2008 economic downturn, according to the Prospect.
Sanders also plans to introduce legislation aimed at putting the unemployed and discouraged job seekers to work. He breaks with the White House, Hillary Clinton, and Wall Street in opposing international free trade deals
that, he argues harm American workers.
As his chief economist on the committee, Sanders recently brought on Stephanie Kelton, who takes the line that the government does not need to balance the budget. She and a small group of academics argue that popular wisdom on the deficit misreads
the connection between government and the economy, the Prospect reported.
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