Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says he’s willing to stand up for the progressive voice and run for president in 2016 if needed. Sanders told The Burlington Free Press during a recent interview:
“There are people in this world who, ever since they were 12 years of age, they decided they wanted to be president of the United States,” Sanders said.
“That is honestly not me,” he continued. “Anyone who really, really wants to be president is slightly crazy because this is an unbelievably difficult job given the crises that this country faces today.”
Still, Sanders says he is willing to consider making a run if no one else with progressive views similar to his ends up taking the plunge.
It is essential, he said, to have someone in the 2016 presidential campaign who is willing to take on Wall Street, address the “collapse” of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty and fiercely oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.[/box]
Sanders pointed out one major challenge if he does decide to enter the race, saying:
“One of the difficulties for someone like me running is…I’m not going to get any money from Wall Street or corporate America. We have been successful, but 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.”
Watch the interview here:
h/t: Crooks and Liars