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It's true! Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants a progressive 2016 presence in the White House, and if no one else steps up, he just may decide to run for POTUS.
“There are people in this world who, ever since they were 12 years of age, they decided they wanted to be president of the United States,” Sanders said.
“That is honestly not me,” he continued. “Anyone who really, really wants to be president is slightly crazy because this is an unbelievably difficult job given the crises that this country faces today.”
Still, Sanders says he is willing to consider making a run if no one else with progressive views similar to his ends up taking the plunge.
It is essential, he said, to have someone in the 2016 presidential campaign who is willing to take on Wall Street, address the “collapse” of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty and fiercely oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
"Also, addressing global warming needs to be a top priority, not an afterthought," said Sanders.
Sanders explains that he would probably run as an Independent, because it's a label that has been of value to him in his statewide races, but he realizes that he would face special challenges.
“One of the difficulties for someone like me running is ... I’m not going to get any money from Wall Street or corporate America,” Sanders said. “We have been successful, but it’s one thing to talk about raising money for a Senate campaign in a small state, another thing running for president of the United States.”
So, what do you think, should Senator Sanders make a run for the White House in 2016?