Power of Story Send a Tweet        

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 2 Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (6 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   8 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

Bernie Sanders Might Just Have to Run for President

By       Message John Nichols       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 1   Inspiring 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 11/20/13

Author 29155
Become a Fan
  (21 fans)
- Advertisement -
Source: The Nation
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADhMKzDZ6Q8: Angry, Disgusted, Frustrated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) discusses the economy on the floor of the Senate.
Angry, Disgusted, Frustrated Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) discusses the economy on the floor of the Senate.
(Image by YouTube)
  Permission   Details   DMCA


Bernie Sanders is not burning with presidential ambition. He doubts that he would consider bidding for the nation's top job if another prominent progressive was gearing up for a 2016 run that would provide a seriously-focused and seriously competitive populist alternative to politics as usual.

But if the fundamental issues that are of concern to the great mass of Americans -- "the collapse of the middle class, growing wealth and income inequality, growth in poverty, global warming" -- are not being discussed by the 2016 candidates, Sanders says, "Well, then maybe I have to do it."

- Advertisement -

This calculation brings the independent senator from Vermont a step closer to presidential politics than he has ever been before. With a larger social-media following than most members of Congress, a regular presence on left-leaning television and talk radio programs -- syndicated radio host Bill Press greeted the Sanders speculation with a Tuesday morning "Go, Bernie, Go!" cheer -- and a new "Progressive Voters of America" political action committee, Sanders has many of the elements of an insurgent candidacy in place.

But the senator is still a long way from running.

In interviews over the past several days, Sanders has argued with increasing force that the times demand that there be a progressive contender in 2016.

- Advertisement -

"Under normal times, it's fine, if you have a moderate Democrat running, a moderate Republican running," the senator told his hometown paper, the  Burlington Free Press. "These are not normal times. The United States right now is in the middle of a severe crisis and you have to call it what it is."

Click Here to Read Whole Article

Next Page  1  |  2

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 1   Inspiring 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Paul Ryan? Seriously?

Scott Walker's Austerity Agenda Yields 'Worst Job Losses in US'

The Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy

The Deafening Silence of the Republican Field in the Wake of the Planned Parenthood Shooting

How Socialists Built America

Bernie Sanders: "I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States"