Bernie’s getting ready to run

Burlington, VT "USA for 6-Day" Rally, March 17, 2013

Of course he would. I hope he does it:

Sanders, who is the longest-serving Independent in congressional history, would have to officially register as a Democrat before he could run in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. But he says he hasn’t yet made up his mind for sure if he’ll run, and he has time yet. One thing he is sure of: He’d make a better President than Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, he says, “is a very, very intelligent person, no question about it. But, I don’t know what her political future is, whether she’s going to run. I don’t know what she’s going to say. But, if you talk about the need for a political revolution in America, it’s fair to say that Secretary Clinton probably will not be one of the more active people.”

And a political revolution is exactly what Sanders believes this country is crying out for: “What we need is a political revolution in which grassroots America—and that is primarily working people who are fighting for their lives right now economically—have got to come together to make everybody understand that we are the majority of the American people and not the Koch brothers and not Sheldon Adelson, and not the other billionaires today who have huge influence over the economic and political life of the nation. And that’s not easily done. It’s easier to talk about it than do it.”

In a wide-ranging interview, TIME sat down with the 72-year-old potential presidential hopeful for more than 45 minutes to examine his call to political arms, marijuana legalization (he’d be the first senator to endorse recreational use), the expansion of Social Security and many more issues.

4 thoughts on “Bernie’s getting ready to run

  1. and I was going to stop paying attention to presidential politics! Now I’ll have somebody to CAMPAIGN FOR!

  2. THIS is why we are going to have “the American City County Exchange (ACCE) that will target policymakers from “villages, towns, cities and counties”. We the peeps ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAKE UP & ACT NOW or PERISH!

  3. Well good for him. As a lifelong Dem, I donate to Bernie every time I have a few shekels in my pocket. I have no doubt that the 24/7 cable networks are already sharpening their pitchforks. Bernie is one candidate that could blow the primary open. Good!

  4. Yes, yes. I know he’s an independent socialist, but he’s the only Senator that gets face time (as little as it is) on the news that believes in and stands up for positions that reflect my views. He’s got his first campaigner out in the wild west.

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