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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