In March Bernie Sanders did an interview with The Nation where he stated that he was prepared to run for President in 2016, but that he wanted to check with the voters first. It appears his time of checking up with the voice of the people has come.
Bernie Sanders drew a cult-like following after an 8 hour filibuster back in 2010 where he railed against the brokered tax cut deal between President Obama and the Republicans. A heavy critic of the banking and financial industry and the lack of prosecutions for those responsible for nearly destroying the worldwide economy, Bernie has gained massive appeal with the broad voting populace, identifying with the common worker who has seen real wages decline since the Great Recession as well as employment opportunities flounder.
Never one to mince words, Bernie isn’t “playing politics” with the idea of running for President. He means business! Taking a hardline stance against the ruling of Citizens United, stating
What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United is to tell billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, ‘You own and control Wall Street. You own and control coal companies. You own and control oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we’re going to give you the opportunity to own and control the United States government.’ That is the essence of what Citizens United is all about. That is why this disastrous decision must be reversed
Trying to prevent this democracy from further eroding into the oligarchical state it is already heavily entrenched in Sanders has proposed a Constitutional Amendment to repeal ‘Citizens United’ which has massive support from the vast majority of the population, but does not resonate well with the establishment politicians in D.C.
A self-professed “democratic socialist” Sanders seems to be an unlikely candidate, but he is part of a movement that is gaining steam. In Washington State candidates are now embracing the term “Socialist” as two sit on the city council in Seattle, two more are running for state office, and another is campaigning down in Oakland. Labeled officially as an “Independent” he draws wide appeal with the growing liberal base of the country.
No longer referring to himself merely as Senator Sanders, his campaign staff have begun to introduce him as the “potential presidential candidate.” Earlier this year he made stops in Alabama and Iowa. Now he has been campaigning in New Hampshire.
An official announcement has not yet come for his Presidential run and that may still be two years into the future, but it leaves many progressives teetering on their seats in anticipation.
h/t USA Today