Bernie Sanders May Run As a Democrat and Challenge Hillary Clinton In 2016

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has not commented on whether he will be running as a Democrat or Independent if he launches a 2016 presidential campaign, but he will be visiting early Democratic primary states Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in the coming month.

Sanders told The Hill that he is evaluating the support that he would have for a presidential run,

Sanders plans to return to New Hampshire, which neighbors his home state, on Sept. 27 to speak at the Stafford County Democrats annual dinner near Durham, according to his staff.

“I’ll be going to New Hampshire, and I’ll be going to Iowa. That’s part of my trying to ascertain the kind of support that exists for a presidential run,” he said Monday in an interview.

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Sanders will hold a series of town-hall meetings in Iowa in Dubuque, Waterloo and Des Moines on Sept. 13 and 14, according to his staff. Clinton will be in Iowa the same weekend to attend a steak fry hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

This week, Sanders will visit South Carolina, the host of another important contest early on the 2016 presidential primary calendar, to speak at an event sponsored by Progressive Voters of America, South Forward and the South Carolina Progressive Network.

If Sen. Sanders (I-VT) ran as a Democrat, he would definitely be on the ballot and in the Democratic primary debates. He wouldn’t have to raise the hundreds of millions of dollars that an Independent campaign would require, and he would also avoid the laws that act as barriers to keep Independents off the ballot in many states. The legal fights for ballot access are time-consuming and very expensive. Sanders would have a much easier path as a Democratic primary candidate than as an Independent general election candidate.

Former Sec. of State Clinton needs a primary challenge to keep her from focusing on the general election campaign too early. She should have some debates, and be forced to earn the support of Democratic voters at the polls. Sen. Sanders mostly likely has little chance of winning the Democratic nomination, but that wouldn’t be the point of his campaign.

A Sanders primary campaign would give liberals a candidate that would discuss Wall Street, income inequality, Citizens United, the need for real jobs legislation, and more liberal foreign policy. With Elizabeth Warren taking herself out of the running for 2016, it looks like the responsibility to challenge Hillary Clinton may fall to Bernie Sanders.

Sen. Sanders said that Clinton won’t be anointed, and it is looking like she might be directly challenged.

17 Replies to “Bernie Sanders May Run As a Democrat and Challenge Hillary Clinton In 2016”

  1. this might be a good idea. As much as I love Bernie, there isnt the remotest chance of him winning the election. If between him and Hillary they can force the discussion towards actual issues instead of religious insanity it might go a long ways towards many more votes for the Democrats.

    I do not go along with the fact that Hillary wants war like John McCain. I do not agree with what many Democrats are saying about her and quite frankly all they are doing is trying to split the party so that there can be no win. she isn’t perfect, but she also isn’t George W. Bush or daddy moneybags Romney. Hillary knows she will be going totally against the people of the United States if she tried to start wars.

  2. I just hope this doesn’t spill over into the general like when Carter and Kennedy went at it.

    I will say it again, if you want a more progressive agenda support and vote for progressive candidates for Congress.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

    Barack Obama

  3. I think it is a good idea in the respect that it will give Hillary Clinton a test during the primary to keep her sharp for the general election. She needs to have some debates and competition before she faces whoever the Republicans nominate.

  4. A more liberal Sanders will make Clinton address the complex issues most Dems are interested in! I worry she will run a Milquetoast campaign and this will put her in a subordinate situation. The GOP will be over the top arrogant and hawkish this coming campaign. There are enough of us who are still suffering and I worry it will be like post-WWI Germany for the least informed. They will be looking for an economic savior and the GOP will present an Adolph Hitler clone. It won’t be transparent and many will be fooled.

  5. Bernie needs to put a lid on it. I like the man…a lot. But this is not the time to let his pride dictate what he does. It’s essential for this country that the Dems hold the WH. He knows that, and I think he’ll come to his senses.

  6. Sanders is not a democrat and should not run in the primary.
    If he runs as an independent he will hurt Hillary`s candidacy and help elect a Republican like Nader did to Gore.

  7. To those of you who question Hillary Clinton for president, I can only say go back and look at what she has done starting with her 20s and what she stands for. I am amazed that some folks don’t even know her.

  8. I like Chuck Hagel but you do know he is a Republican. Granted one of the few left with some sense but he is what he is

  9. Senator Sanders has an important role to play as U.S. Senator. There is not the slightest chance he could win a general election. We do not and cannot stand for another situation as with Ralph Nader when we split our own party and hand the election to the GOP. Presumably Hillary will have some primary competition, with a good discussion of issues that will help drive the Democratic platform. The country has changed a lot since 2008 and I am sure that Hillary has too — she was an active (and one could say most important) part of Obama’s adminsitration for four years as Secretury of State.

  10. So, does Bernie now feel comfortable to consider being a Democrat because he has moved far enough to the right or because the Democrats have finally moved far enough to the left?

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