It Looks Like Bernie Sanders Is Going To Run For President

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It is looking more and more likely that Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to challenge Hillary Clinton and run for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

msnbc reported that Sen. Sanders is leaning towards running for the Democratic nomination in 2016:

Sen. Bernie Sanders is only days away from making a decision on a 2016 run, and leaning towards yes, according to his top strategist.

“I think we’re coming to the critical moment of truth here. He’s now spent enough time traveling around the country talking to people and feels there is genuinely a large audience of people who are with him,” veteran Democratic strategist Tad Devine, who is advising Sanders, told msnbc.

A formal announcement of his candidacy is expected to occur later in May.

It must be noted that a lean is not a yes, and Sen. Sanders could change his mind, but if the answer was going to be no, it would be expected that the trips to early primary states would cease and a flat denial of his candidacy would be issued.

If Sen. Sanders (I-VT) does run, it will be great news for Democrats and liberals on numerous fronts. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is not running. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has not traction with Democratic voters. Sen. Sanders is largely unknown to many rank and file Democrats, but he is on television often enough that he has more of a base of support than any of the other non-Clinton Democrats who are considering running.

A Sanders campaign means that voters would likely get to see some Democratic primary debates, and the issues that might be debated include income inequality, Wall Street, the need to break up the big banks, trade agreements, Citizens United, and several other issues that do not get attention in the mainstream press but deeply matter to many on the left.

Sen. Sanders has stated from the beginning of this process that he would run if no one else from the left stepped up to challenge Hillary Clinton. No credible challenger has emerged, so it looks like Bernie Sanders is running.

Sanders draws passionate crowds all across the country when he speaks, and he will bring that passion with him to the campaign trail.

Sen. Sanders will have to run a small grassroots campaign. His odds of being the Democratic nominee are slim, but while he wants to win, Sanders’s candidacy will be important because it will allow for a discussion of important issues.

Bernie Sanders will be a welcome addition to the 2016 race.

47 Replies to “It Looks Like Bernie Sanders Is Going To Run For President”

  1. no surprise. hes been all over the media trying to get his ‘q’ rating up. my leftist hope, is that hillary will burn out prematurely, again, and warren will be called up by the dnc, like the old days, and will get out there. shes gang busters, and will eat the rw in any debate. shes the real thing, and so is sen. sanders. anyone who hears him every friday on hartmann for years, knows this… but this country will not elect a jew. sorry kids, the rw hates jews as much as that black kenyan. but they love the jews so they can burn and lets the good xtians and only the good xtians, go to heaven. thats their deal…


  3. I would like to see him as President, but I know it won’t happen. The positive thing is he can get his message out on corporate influence in government on the national level, and hopefully be a major talking point for every candidate running.

  4. The 14 Senators Who Voted Against NDAA (D-MD), Coburn (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), Harkin (D-IA), Lee (R-UT), Merkley (D-OR), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Sanders (I-VT), Wyden (D-OR) (14 American Heroes)

  5. “..but this country will not elect a jew.”

    You are probably right, however, they said the same thing about that “uppity” black man that had the temerity to think he could be POTUS. We proved them wrong then. It would be nice to prove them wrong again. In either case for the first time in our history we have both a jew and a woman that could win. Either one would be a good thing.

  6. I can’t decide who’s right concerning the trans pacific
    trade deal, but Bernie’s input will certainly add to the
    DNC’s considerations. Go Senator Sanders and Jah

  7. You’re selling Bernie short! Many of his issues also appeal to many conservatives, like big banks, trade agreements, and Citizens United,which 78 percent of Republicans as well as 82 percent of Democrats, oppose. One reason progressives often lose is they refuse to find allies who are different from them!

  8. Sen. Sanders has no chance of becoming president. Matter of fact nor does Sen. Warren. The best chance for democrats to keep the presidency and regain the senate is Ambassador Clinton. Like it or not that is how this country votes. Best we can hope for is center/left not left left.

  9. No. That’s a bad idea.

    Hillary is not what we need and she will pull Sanders down.

    We need someone who’s actually liberal as a president. We need someone who voted AGAINST the Iraq War, Bailing out Wall Street, the Patriot Act, 2001 Bankruptcy Legislation (Would have made it more difficult for struggling Americans to declare bankruptcy), bombing Syria, SOPA and other bills like it, NDAA, etc.

    Someone who’s FOR: Federal Recognition of Gay Marriage, clemency for Edward Snowden, legalized cannabis, etc.

    Sanders already has a 12 step plan to put the country on the right track – Hillary’s only running point is “I’m a woman!”. It’s clear she is piss-poor at foreign affairs.

  10. Bernie can win. He has the support of WE THE PEOPLE, and not them, the corporations. Corporations do NOT vote. WE THE PEOPLE DO! If we get behind the ONLY candidate without corporate keepers, we can get our country moving back in the proper direction!

  11. I’m thrilled that Bernie will run (whatever his hair).

    However, you don’t get radical political change without first organizing a radical mass movement in workplaces and communities. … No FDR New Deal without the CIO and the councils of the unemployed.

    We have a lot of work to do. But I’m sure that Bernie will help us a lot – if we can get moving.

  12. The TPP will allow foreign corporations to challenge US and state laws before an international tribunal of 3 corporate judges – if they think that our laws are interfering with their future profits.

    You really can’t make up your mind about that?

    What puzzles me is why there is not a huge outcry about treason. But then, that’s why they are trying to keep the terms secret.

    All praise to WikiLeaks, whose founder is hiding in the London Ecuadorian embassy so that he won’t be dragged to the US. Are you still in doubt?

  13. America will not elect a real, genuine, self-proclaimed socialist to the White House. Why would he even bother to challenge Hillary. It is just a complete waste of money for anyone that spends it on him or his campaign. I personally like Bernie Sanders very much. But since he has zero chance of being elected president, I would never help get him elected in the primaries to be the Democratic nominee. Never.

  14. You are not tied to a party. At every election, you can change your political affiliation in any way you want.

  15. Nominate Sanders or Warren and we’ll end up with Ted Cruz or Rand Paul in the White House. Both Senators are great at their job and fight tooth and nail for us. But they’re too far left for voters. Remember, most Americans are cynical about politics and the only ones that vote are those committed to a party or a cause or an ideology. I don’t think there are enough people on the far left to elect either even with every voting democrat showing up at the polls.

  16. Hey Flexdoc, if Bernie — who is really just FDR — is too left for you, then no, you aren’t a liberal.

  17. @geoye, I don’t know who the hell are YOU but with logic like yours, the democratic party will no longer exist using your ideas. If you consider yourself a DEMOCRAT, why don’t you just vote republican and STFU. The damn democratic party has been morphing into a republican ”LITE” party since bill clinton was president! as much as I liked clinton, I deal with reality, bill clinton was a corporate democrat! which hurts OUR party! because that kicks open the doors for filth like rahm emanual!! NO! the democratic party of today are basically REPUBLICANS of the 1960’s!! BTW @geoye, believe it or not, MOST americans LOVE LIBERAL positions!! they’re just usually so ignorant that when they hear LIBERAL, they automatically go CRAZY! just like OBAMA CARE, call it the ACA, people LOVE IT!! say OBAMA CARE, they start FREAKING OUT with HATEFUL rants!

  18. Sure he can win, he’s gotta connect the dots that trickle down ain’t working for the working class American.

    There are many old school Democrats like myself who would love to take back the party from the neoliberals who hijacked it.

  19. Unfortunately, I think you’re right. I actually prefer either Warren or Sanders, but you have to be realistic about political matters. We’re not a bunch of teenagers who think they can make the world work like they want it to, we have to be pragmatists and support the person most likely to win against a republican, period. Just a fact of life.

  20. Being realistic hardly makes you a right winger. It would be impossible for Sanders to be elected president, regardless that he would make an excellent one.

  21. The sad thing is, electing Hillary is no different than electing a Republican, except perhaps, on women’s rights. She’s pro bankers/wall st, war, gmo’s, etc etc.

  22. Many of those who ridicule climate change deniers correctly point out that 99% of all PhD meteorologists agree that carbon dioxide is associated with rising global temperatures. However free-trade opponents do not consider the fact that that 99% of all PhD economists agree that free-trade and the TPP in particular will greatly benefit America and raise standards of living.

    Protectionism is the progressivism of fools. Gandhi was a great statesman but a horrible economist. Just as the ignorant in the USA argue that American workers who earn $15 per hour should not have to compete with Chinese workers who make $2 per hour, Gandhi thought that Indian workers should not have to compete with American and European workers who have the benefit of modern machines. As a result India adopted protectionism. In 1947 the per capita income of India was similar to countries such a South Korea. By 1977 the per capita income and standard of living in South Korea was ten times that of India.

  23. Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for EVIL. If everyone looked at what Hitlery has done in her evil past they could see how evil she really is and will be in the future.

  24. As much as I love – and agree with – Bernie, he really isn’t electable. People hear the word “socialist” and their eyeballs pop out on the floor and their brains liquify and drip out of their ears.

    Too bad…

  25. I agree with you on that. She may as well be a Republican. But, like I tell many of my friends who say similar things, it’s really about the lesser of two evils. I believe it really boils down to that. No matter how much I would love Warren or Sanders as POTUS. With Hillary, we could only hope for her keeping things together. Cruz or Walker? That’s real trouble.

  26. If people did not rely so much on their “own” definition of labels, and just focused on the ideas Bernie presents, they would be very impressed.

  27. Lance, Please direct me to this information on the 99% of PhD Economists who believe that free-trade and the TPP in particular will greatly benefit America and raise standards of living.

    For one thing, “free trade” is a term whose definition depends on who you are talking to. For another, I’d like to see which parts of this agreement they believe in – since the only parts the public is aware of in any great detail are those that have been leaked.

    If these PhD Economists are simply saying “Trust us,” then I don’t expect to depend on their opinions. But I’ve looked for these 99% of PhD Economists and can’t find them. So please direct me to them – I am very interested in hearing what they have to say. Thanks.

  28. I don’t think Hillary is a bed of roses, but she is still light years ahead of any of the wrecking crew on the republican clown car. There is an enormous difference between someone who wants to preserve Social Security and Medicare (Hillary) and someone who wants to destroy them (all of the repub clowns).

  29. Too many people on the left are starting to sound like teabaggers, demanding absolute adherence to a party line. We’re supposed to be people who welcome a discussion, not demonize someone who doesn’t agree with us 100%.

  30. @Michael, I agree with you, the democratic party needs to draw a line in the sand! this constant slow walk to corporate conservatism is exactly why many people simply say, the republican party and the democratic party are basically the same! BTW @le hunt, you’re new here so I’ll brush off your nonsensical posts.

  31. Remember the Koch brothers promised eight million to get a Repulshrican elected as POTUS…………….Sander’s war chest needs everyone who encourages him to run to make a sizable donation. He already has lots of followers, but corporate donations don’t seem to be supportive of him..It’s you and I against the BIG BUCKERS to get Sander elected. Start as soon as he declares.

  32. “They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

    Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred.”

    -Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address Announcing the Second New Deal (1936)

    I’d like to recall to everyone’s attention a great Republican’s words, which ring true as ever today.
    Take the White House back from greedy hands, Bernie Sanders. The man’s honest and has my full support.

  33. Many of you democrat wimps that say you like Sanders and say he can’t win is exactly why the democrat party has gotten its ass kicked and settled for Centrists. Then you sit around and piss and moan and can’t figure out why nothing changes? Well gee wiz with many of your attitudes it is no wonder why we can’t get young people excited to vote for Dems.

    Many of you will vote for the right wing wanker aka Hillary because she is a “lesser of two evils” and then when it is George W. Bushes 5th term and more right wing “Centrist” pro corporate policies are passed through congress you will go into mute mode. Enjoy TPP that will destroy what is left of manufacturing, enjoy the raising of the retirement age for Social Security + cuts. Don’t forget more wars in the middle east, drill baby drill energy policy, etc….

    You guys are the reason why I’m an embarrassed to be democrat voter. Many of you lack the balls to fight and won’t turn off reality TV to lift a finger for this country…

  34. As an Independent, how can Senator Sanders enter a Democratic Party primary? He’d first have to become a Democrat…

  35. Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. I am done voting for only a slightly different shade of bullsh*t brown from another. This man has the unwavering passion, tenacity, and integrity this country needs to instill real change, not just a smoking mirror of change. I would run into a burning building to vote for Bernie Sanders for president, and I think that a great many others share this feeling.

  36. Bernie’s running, YEA!! Pay attention to this guy. He would be the first step in taking our country back from the corporations and fixing the real issues in this country if he makes it. Check his history he is morally on the peoples side

  37. Your are not alone Lucus and are joined in this by me and fellow Iowa Democratic Caucus activists who are intent on joining with Bernie in victory for the people of the nation on that night an beyond. Too long the nation has suffere the eviol of two lesser.

  38. President Sanders! I would sure love to see this guy win the election. It would revive my confidence in the Democratic Party. They have pretty much let us all down for the last 35 years. They collaborated years ago with the Republicans to screw over people like Ross Perot who was warning America what would happen if Bill Clinton or a Republican got into the White House—“a giant sucking sound of American jobs going overseas” (mostly to Red China, a police state). Bill Clinton instead of echoing Ross Perot, and putting a stop to the wealthy’s desire to continue the destruction of the middle class started by Reagan, he chose to speed up the process by promoting the World Trade Organization, and allowing Red China into it. Bernie Sanders understands this, and I hope can stop further degradation of the American middle class by promoting American manufacturing, and taxing, and enacting tariffs on any outsourced manufactured products, especially ones made in non-Democratic police states.

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