Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has announced that he will decide by March 2015 if he will run for president. If Sanders chooses not to run, Hillary Clinton may not have much of a challenge for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
The AP reported, “Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’ll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he’ll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn’t run just to nudge the debate to the left.”
With Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) looking like a solid no for 2016, progressives may not have a candidate to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
The fact that several progressive groups have chosen to chase the delusional dream of forcing Warren to run could be souring Sanders on a potential candidacy. Unlike Sanders, Warren has shown no signs of running. She is not raising money, hiring staff, or building a campaign operation.
It is likely that Sen. Sanders would happily welcome the support of the progressive groups that are trying to draft Warren to run. Sanders has been visiting the early 2016 primary and caucus states to gauge the level of potential support for his candidacy.
Sen. Sanders would have to take substantial time away from the Senate in 2016 in order to challenge former Sec. of State Clinton for the Democratic nomination. The odds are good that if no one emerges that could seriously challenge Clinton from the left, Bernie Sanders will run.
Democrats will know in March, but the most likely challenger to Hillary Clint on from the left remains Bernie Sanders, not Elizabeth Warren.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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