Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on
August 11th, 2014
11:15 AM ET
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Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on

(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.


Filed under: 2016 • Bernie Sanders • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Long Shot

    With a population of 626,630 of which 1.2% are African-Americans, how in the world does the city of Vermont rate two U.S. senators? How do the 7,519 African-Americans in Vermont feel about Comrade Sanders?
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    Here's another shining example of the right wing's delusional and outright ignorance of simple facts.

    August 11, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Gunderson

    Well Bernie,
    We had George McGovern, who had no chance, then we had Jimmy Carter, who lasted one term, now we have Barrack Obama who finally got a second term and now you want to continue all the failures of the past now on the front burner. Income Inequality you say? Well Bernie, the liberal's have been running things the last 100 years so why do we have Income Inequality? Why isn't everything fixed by now. What happened?

    August 11, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. sonny crapman

    sonny chapman
    Sanders is more for the Middle Class & in line with the Message of Jesus Christ as found in the Four Gospels than ANY Repub. So throw your labels all you want.
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    So you, Bernie Sanders and the Democrats want to steer the country into a leftist Christian Theocracy? What ever happened to the separation of church and state with you lefties? Or do you just use religion to con people when it is convenient?

    August 11, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Sniffin

    Nice suit Bernie... usually they put the straight jacket on you! hahahahhaha...

    August 11, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Ian's Rushtache

    t must be said says:
    August 11, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am
    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?”
    As the Vermont senator travels around the country, some progressives see him as an opportunity to steer the party further to the left.
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    This is what I have been saying all along. The Democrat Party is an extreme far left party that wants to socialism and communism, not capitalism. Progressive is a name they use because nobody would vote for them if they called themselves what they are, socialists and communists. Wake up America. Today’s Democrat Party is NOT the party of JFK, it is the party of Karl Marx and Lenin.
    ________________________

    To think that socialism to some degree was not instrumental in building the middle class is to be completely ignorant of history. Why can't we debate the faults of capitalusm? If anything the past 40 years of trickle down have only highlighted it's shortcomings.

    But in the fascist GOP world questioning anything that may hamper the ability of corporations to rake in record profits is Unamerican and should be dismissed without a second thought.

    This directly opposes the idea of promoting intelligence, something our founding fathers felt was of great import.

    August 11, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Sniffin

    J Anthony
    The fact is he's just average-left.
    -–

    Yes, Fidel Castro was average left as well.

    But he's going to find it hard to make any progress witthin the centrist Democratic establishment.
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    Not true. The Democrat Party is stocked full of socialists and commies just like Bernie. Look at how many want Warren. That will give you a good idea.

    August 11, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Democrat Junk

    WUP.... ..."GOPT is right of the Taliban." With a statement like that, you might be as crazy as this guy looks...........and thinks.

    August 11, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    sonny crapman -St. Ronald Reagen let that genie out of the bottle when he embraced"Christian" Conservative/Moral Majority Pat Robinson & THE Rev. Jerry Falwell.
    Now that Faith has become part of the American Political Scene, Repubs are STUCK with the Words of Jesus, as given to him by the Father & transcribed in the very exact Greek Language.
    Hard Words for ALL to follow, Dem. or Repub.

    August 11, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Well Bernie,
    We had George McGovern, who had no chance, then we had Jimmy Carter, who lasted one term, now we have Barrack Obama who finally got a second term and now you want to continue all the failures of the past now on the front burner. Income Inequality you say? Well Bernie, the liberal's have been running things the last 100 years so why do we have Income Inequality? Why isn't everything fixed by now. What happened?
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    What happened? We let Republicans have control of the White House and the Congress for nearly a decade and they crashed the economy....again. Just like they did back 1929, when they had ad control of the White House and the Congress for over a decade.

    August 11, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    Tommy G – Executive Orders. Obama ... Blah, Blah, Blah "

    It is so easy being a rightie these days: just take any topic and turn it into a rant against Obama.

    It would be pointless to explain to you how many Executive Orders w-cheney enacted. How they choose which environmental laws were unworthy of enforcement. If you didn't hear it on the right wing propaganda network, it didn't happen.

    August 11, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. rla

    Oh great and we want to put the fools who gave us this wealth inequality in place back in power???? Really we are not that stupid (I HOPE)

    August 11, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. old age voter

    You had Jimmy Carter who held the title for years as the worst president until Barrack Obama came along. If Bernie Sanders runs and wins; he will easily take the worst president title away from Barrack Obama.

    August 11, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Say it ain't so

    rla
    Oh great and we want to put the fools who gave us this wealth inequality in place back in power???? Really we are not that stupid (I HOPE)
    --

    News flash... Wealth inequality has sky rocketed since Obama took office. While his dismal economic policies have kept unemployment at record levels, decimating the middle class, his endless printing of money has driven the stock market high and into a bubble. The higher income levels benefit greatly from a high stock market while the unemployed middle class falls behind. Thanks Obama! Now claim it is all Bush's fault.

    August 11, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. captains courageous

    Rla, we agree we can't afford more trickle down economics, now all you have to do is figure out who's tax plan follows that ideology, hint, look right.

    August 11, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    What happened? We let Republicans have control of the White House and the Congress for nearly a decade and they crashed the economy....again. Just like they did back 1929, when they had ad control of the White House and the Congress for over a decade.
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    only problem with your posting is that it is a lie rudy. democrats controlled both the house and senate 2006-2008 and lead us right into the recession. warning after warning about subprime mortgages being dangerous, nothing done. barney frank, looney leftist democrat said all was well, nothing wrong, no problem.

    nice try but we gotcha!

    August 11, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    If Little Bush had accomplished anything, like the death of bin Laden, RWNJs would be demanding he be put on Mt. Rushmore, next to Cliven Bundy. However, unnecessary wars off the books, tax cuts for the wealthy, and being white are W's accomplishments.

    August 11, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Tone

    Run Bernie run, and thank you sir for sponsoring the bill to help veterans like myself.

    August 11, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Tone

    old age voter

    You had Jimmy Carter who held the title for years as the worst president until Barrack Obama came along. If Bernie Sanders runs and wins; he will easily take the worst president title away from Barrack Obama.

    The worst Presidents in recent years were Republicans, and that includes your Hero Ronald Reagan.

    August 11, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. captains courageous

    George w bush July 2008, the economy is fine, its still going strong, you got who?

    August 11, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Klutch Cargo

    Well Rudy NYC,
    Hate to burst that bubble but they tried Socialisim in the Old Soviet Union. It was such a Smashing Success it thrives in North Korea, maybe dying in Cuba. Who wants to Re-Invent the Soviet Union. But with all the Liberal Policies, put in place to keep the 1930's from repeating itself we are, you guessed it, returning to the 1930's, for a second go around. Keep up the good work Rudy, your side is still winning.

    August 11, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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