Senator Bernie Sanders: “I Am Thinking About Running For President” (Video)

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Meet The Press, 9/14/2014. Image via nbcnews.com

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Meet The Press, 9/14/2014.
Image via nbcnews.com

Senator Bernie Sanders made his first ever appearance on Meet The Press with Chuck Todd yesterday and announced that he was thinking about running for president in 2016. I’m not sure about everyone else here, but other than Elizabeth Warren who has repeatedly told supporters that she wasn’t interested, I haven’t seen any candidates on the left yet besides Senator Sanders that I’m excited about.

While many have speculated that Bernie Sanders was considering the run for president based off previous trips to Iowa, this was the first time he stated in clear terms that this is something he was indeed thinking about. When asked about the possible candidacy of Hillary Clinton, Sanders sidestepped the question, stating that, “The issue is not Hillary.”

Over the weekend, Senator Sanders also traveled to Iowa where he was greeted by an enthusiastic group of supporters who really want him to run for president in 2016.

On the same day retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s Democratic Steak Fry became a de facto Hillary Clinton campaign rally, another group of Iowa progressives gathered in a church basement to hear from a potential presidential candidate who’s not sure he actually wants to be president. That would be Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“Anybody who really wants to be president, who wakes up with a burning desire, is a little bit crazy. You should distrust anybody who really wants to be president,” Sanders said at one point, only half joking. (Source)

“You should distrust anybody who really wants to be president” is what I keep thinking every time I see a candidate for any office pop up on TV and start spouting off talking points. The same thing applies to just about everyone who has their name brought up over and over again on the political talk shows over two years ahead of the next election. Let’s face it, the presidential election speculation is a never-ending thing and it usually jumps to the next election even before all of the ballots from the latest one have been counted.

So, let’s go ahead and look at our options in 2016 other than Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren (who has said she will not seek the nomination).

The heir-apparent is Hillary Clinton; the job is hers, if she decides to run. I’d vote for her if she wins the nomination, but you won’t see me jump on the “Ready For Hillary” bandwagon.

Vice President Joe Biden? Sure, I like the guy and his sometimes blunt style but unless forced to choose between him and whatever the Republican Party coughs up, I’m not voting for him. The same thing applies to pretty much all the rest of the presumptive 2016 contenders for the Democratic nomination.

Let’s face it, the 2016 crowd, on both sides, is a lot more of the same. Stuffed suits, talking points and more of the same. 2008 was exciting for a lot of us because we were making history. For the first time, we were electing a president who was different. Not just because he had a name that was different or because his father was African – he was different in his message and how he delivered it.

This is why Bernie Sanders will have my support if he indeed decides to run. He’s different, he’s an Independent who caucuses with Democrats and criticizes Democrats as well as Republicans. Bernie Sanders is one of the few people in Washington who has repeatedly and openly criticized corporations like Walgreens for trying to escape their tax responsibilities via corporate inversions.

However, if elected, Senator Sanders will likely face the same obstruction from Republicans that President Obama has had to endure for most of his time in office. While I would be excited to see him sitting in the Oval Office, it won’t do us any good if we stay at home in 2014 and allow Republicans to take over the Senate. Please remember to get out and vote this November, here’s what is at stake:

—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives

—33 seats in the U.S. Senate

—46 State Legislatures

—38 State and Territorial Governorships.

Watch the video below from Senator Bernie Sanders on Meet The Press:


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  • Melanie Collins Pennock

    I hope he runs….he has my vote!

    • Checking Reality

      Me too. An actual Patriot, unlike the pin-wearing right wing tools.

      • Melanie Collins Pennock

        I know exactly what you mean!

  • Reality check

    I really don’t see much of a difference between Bernie Sanders or Valdimir Putin or Hugo Chavez or Kim Jong. They are all self serving politicians pushing a failed political model based on the sociological interpretations of Karl Marx. We are stuck between two parties in the US. One is backed by evangelical Christians who are hell bent on pushing religion in to politics. The other is directed by ignorant idealists with zero real world experience.
    This website is run by people who are just as crazy as the exec producers of fox news, they are just on the other side of the spectrum. Different views but still bat sh– crazy.

    • Stephen Barlow

      REALLY? Reality check????

      Do you even KNOW who Bernie Sanders IS?

      • Troll Patrol

        He is a full blown communist. Do you know who he is?

    • Checking Reality

      I’m sure you don’t.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Bernie Sanders is real Harry Truman kinda guy. He’s a straight shooter, has REAL ANSWERS to the problems we face, and even though he thinks exactly as I do on more issues, I have a little doubt about how much obstructionism he will overcome. It would be up to the voters to help him by voting out incumbents across the board.

    What’s that saying: “Insanity is electing the same guys again, expecting different results. Since he is not a machine politician like EVERY OTHER POSSIBLE candidate… he will have to have a personnel plan before he gets elected.

    Which brings up the main fear I have. Perot took votes from Bush in ’92, giving Clinton the win despite NO having a 51%majority. Sanders would take a huge piece of the Democratic votes, and most likely inflict a Republican President on us all and this country can not survive any more Bushinomics, McCaininomics, Cruzinnomics or Romneynomics. PERIOD

    We NEED another Roosevelt.

    I would be voting AGAINST My conscious in NOT supporting Sanders for the White House, but the terror of a RED Prez is just too much to bear.

    I think an EXCELLENT idea is for him to run as an independent, and if he doesn’t have 30% in the polls @ Convention time…back out and yield his supporters to Clinton.

    As much as i like Joe Biden, he’s just NOT the guy for this time.

    There IS no Republican that deserves, nor could DO, the job of President. Jeb Bush will get the nod because Christie is going to jail in 2016. THERE IS NO ONE ELSE, not even Huckabee.

    Now, a Sanders -Warren ticket would be very hard to overcome. BEcause BErnie will fix what Obama couldn’t. You watch, as soon as the RED part of Congress has a WHITE person to talk to, they WILL start doing their jobs. With 8 years of training working WITH Sanders, Warren will be able to make sure America STAYS on the humanist course that a Roosevelt would create.

    Know WHY the REDS want to end Social Security? there is NO MORE MONEY in the trust fund to divert, steal and misuse.

    • Cheryl

      I agree with you completely. Perhaps we could get Sanders to switch to the Democratic party……….that would help a lot! I like Hillary but I’m afraid she’s too beholden to the big Corporations. Sanders/Warren 2016! Or Warren/Sanders, either way is fine by me!

      • Stephen Barlow

        He won’t get support because the Christ’s and Kennedy’s of this world get ganged up on by the Sam Giancana’s, Ted Cruz’s, Ruch lomnaugh’s and FOx Fixtion Crews.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I think the best bet is Hillary/OBAMA HAHAHAHA.
        NO! Hillary/Sanders. We need Warren to lead the Senate in 6 more years. She is much to valuable there.

  • Nemisis

    “Senator Sanders will likely face the same obstruction from
    Republicans ”
    Doubt that he’s not Hawaiian.

  • Lawrence Devine

    Senator Sanders would make an excellent president. He is able to understand the current political morass and offer sensible remedies.

  • Progressive Patriot

    I really respect Senator Sanders. I believe that his entry to the race can have the effect of stopping the right-ward movement of the leading Candidates for the nomination of the Democratic Party. Without an influence like Senator Sanders, I can easily imagine Hillary going full-tilt mad bomber to show how “tough” she is on national security and military issues.

  • Beau West

    At his age, it would greatly depend on who would be is running mate…..