(CNN) - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his brand of liberalism could serve as a "damn good platform" to run for president.
In an interview posted Monday to ABC/Yahoo News, Sanders, an independent who aligns himself with the Democratic Party, said income inequality is at its highest point in over eight decades - and the American people are ready to elect someone who's able to close that gap.
"You have today in America more income and wealth inequality than any time in this country since 1928 and more than any major country in the world. So you have the top one percent owning 38% of the wealth of America," he said.
Asked by interviewer Jeff Zeleny, ABC’s senior Washington correspondent, if that's a stake a potential White House hopeful could run on, Sanders said, "Yeah. I think it's a damn good platform."
A self-described Democratic socialist, the Vermont senator didn't shy away from the volunteered label: “Do you hear me cringing? Do you hear me running under the table?”
Sanders is openly considering a run for president in 2016 - and he isn't without some backing.
As the Vermont senator travels around the country, some progressives see him as an opportunity to steer the party further to the left. A small group of Iowans recently created the "Draft Bernie Sanders for President" committee to urge Sanders to run for the Democratic nomination.
Asked about that support, Sanders said: "“Look, it's easy for me to give a good speech, and I give good speeches."
But he also noted that “it is harder to put together a grassroots organization of hundreds of thousands (or) millions of people prepared to work hard and take on the enormous amounts of money that will be thrown against us.”
And what about Hillary Clinton? The former secretary of state and senator from New York is currently the overwhelming 2016 favorite among Democrats.
Sanders, who served in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2006, threw cold water on the idea that his former colleague is the prohibitive nominee.
"I've known Hillary Clinton for many, many years,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for Hillary Clinton, and she has accomplished a lot of really positive things in her career. But I'm not quite sure that the political process is one in which we anoint people.”
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.