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


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Bernie Sanders, Vermont, POTUS, campaigning, independents, elections, interview with The Nation )

Angelika
- 286 days ago - thenation.com
"I think there is profound disgust among the American people for the conventional political process and the never-ending campaigns. If I run, my job is to help bring together the kind of coalition that can win--that can transform politics."



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Angelika R. (144)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 2:58 pm
Bernie Sanders says he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.” That’s not a formal announcement. A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign. But Sanders has begun talking with savvy progressive political strategists, traveling to unexpected locations such as Alabama and entertaining the process questions that this most issue-focused member of the Senate has traditionally avoided.

Please read on at site about what hopefully will turn into fantastic news in the not so far future.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (280)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 4:05 pm
Thanks Angie
 

Freya H. (313)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 4:06 pm
GO FOR IT, BERNIE!!! You've got my vote! I'll gladly work for your campaign here in Georgia. Hell, I may even chair the Georgia chapter.
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 4:47 pm
I am glad he is ensuring that he will get interviewed, etc., for any major potential candidates news story and can expect his voice and perspective to get heard in more places.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 5:29 pm
JL "more places" should be standing in line to hear him-and i have a feeling they will! The should, they better!
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 6:17 pm

I can not think of a better candidate or a better person for the Oval office. I trust him and he has shown us where he stands on issues that affect our every day lives, the climate, foreign affairs and he does so integrity and honesty.
 

Betsy Bee (1042)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 8:51 pm
Bernie does not have to become known, he is known throughout the country. Standing room only crowds for the five times Bernie visited redneck Arizona show how nationally popular he is.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday March 7, 2014, 10:06 am
..Betsy, and THAT IS exactly what makes him dangerous and vulnerable, I'm sure you'll get me right on that.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday March 7, 2014, 10:08 am
Actually, I wish he could be campaigning over HERE and become OUR CHANCELLOR!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday March 7, 2014, 11:41 am
*** DRAFT: Senator Bernie Sanders for President in 2016 ***

PLEASE EVERYONE; BY ALL MEANS SIGN THIS PETITION AND SHARE IT FAR AND WIDE.
We THANK KIT for creting it!! This looks like a chance never to return if blown and cries for action!
 

Terry King (109)
Friday March 7, 2014, 11:45 am
I'm a big fan!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday March 7, 2014, 12:12 pm
We also THANK TERRY for "giving Kit the extra push" to create that petition! (sorry Terry star bank reopens in 1h
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday March 7, 2014, 12:24 pm
My first choice is STILL Hillary,Warren then Bernie, in about that order!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 12:52 pm
He's got my vote.
 

Dave C. (227)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:01 pm
would be great......unfortunately the reality is his age might make some not consider him...and on the other hand, he might be so popular amongst the left of center side he divides vote from the more mainstream candidate, but maybe he would bring the right more to the center.....

I will strongly strongly support this, or Ms. Warren......
 

Jamie Clemons (283)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:02 pm
He would be a sight better than either Obama or Hillary which both supported endless wars and war crimes. But I am really hoping for a third party candidate that will be better than playing good cop bad cops with the dems and repugs that are both embedded with each other.
 

Mary Alexander (23)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:18 pm
I have said this from the beganning if he runs I will vote for him. We need someone who is smart and this man is very smart.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:36 pm
Sanders / Warren 2016!
 

Birgit W. (152)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:49 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday March 7, 2014, 2:16 pm
Thanks, Angelika. I signed the petition, and will sign all that come my way. I'm with MJ M here---Sanders/Warren....now those are 2 people I would put on my tennis shoes and walk neighborhoods or make phone calls for....and get everyone I know involved, too!
 

Dianna M. (16)
Friday March 7, 2014, 2:25 pm
So, Mr. Sanders is "prepared to run for President."

Mr. Sanders, I am prepared to vote for you.
 

Donna G. (38)
Friday March 7, 2014, 2:32 pm
I would vote for Bernie over Hillary any day. Hillary is 66, so she is not too much younger than Bernie. Hillary may be smart; but, she's still a corporatist.
 

ewoud k. (73)
Friday March 7, 2014, 2:51 pm
Nor Gop nor Dem,.... would do good to the US.....
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday March 7, 2014, 3:01 pm
Vote Democratic in 2014 & 2016!!!!!
 

Diane O. (167)
Friday March 7, 2014, 3:27 pm
Bernie Sanders is a socialist. Here is what he said when elected to the Senate:


This past week I talked with Bernie Sanders in Vermont. I asked him what it meant to be the first socialist senator.
•Bernie Sanders, elected to U.S. Senate in Vermont on an independent ticket.


Transcript


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This weekend, I went to Vermont, and I spoke to Bernie Sanders in the cafeteria of the local Montpelier high school, where he was having a pre-victory rally. Hundreds turned out for the free meal. I asked him what it meant to be the first socialist senator.


REP. BERNIE SANDERS: Well, before we worry about that, what we’re excited about is that we’ve been holding a series of rallies all over the state. And I’m guessing that right here in Montpelier, Vermont, we’re going to have 400 or 500 people way up in the Northeast Kingdom, a conservative part of our state. We had 300 people earlier today. So there is a tremendous amount of momentum, I think, in the state of Vermont, where people are going to stand up and say, "Enough of Bush, enough of Cheney, enough of rightwing Republican leadership." And I believe that this small state may well lead, be a leader in this country, in moving us to a whole different level and a whole different set of priorities.


In terms of socialism, I think there is a lot to be learned from Scandinavia and from some of the work, very good work that people have done in Europe. In countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, poverty has almost been eliminated. All people have healthcare as a right of citizenship. College education is available to all people, regardless of income, virtually free. I have been very aggressive in trying to move to sustainable energy. They have a lot of political participation, high voter turnouts. I think there is a lot to be learned from countries that have created more egalitarian societies than has the United States of America."

http://www.democracynow.org/2006/11/8/vermonts_bernie_sanders_becomes_first_socialist

 

Diane O. (167)
Friday March 7, 2014, 3:31 pm
This may be a technicality to all of you but Bernie Sanders would have to run as an independent socialist. He could not be the democrat nominee unless he joined the democrat party. He is an independent who caucuses with the democrat congressional members.

Bernie Sanders is as viable a candidate as Ross Perot was on the right.
 

Diane O. (167)
Friday March 7, 2014, 3:38 pm
This is called "cradle to grave" socialism paid for by extremely high taxes during productive years of work. This works in a country with low governmental overhead such as national defense and support for working age people who are not working. The model doesn't work when you allow people into the country who increase the numbers of non working people in their productive years.

Immigration is becoming a huge problem in these countries today. Also, immigrants are not assimilating into the host country society. They are being warehoused similar to France and the Netherlands.

Just doing my due diligence.....doing a bit of research for my socialist friends here on Care 2 who often times have difficulty looking beyond their nose.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Friday March 7, 2014, 4:13 pm
I see Diane O. has morphed into a butterfly, pretty colors. What few people realize is Vermont is a heavy Republican State, they like Bernie Sanders, they voted him in! Also the progressives on the Left voted him in. He doesn't speak left he doesn't speak right, he speaks about what works for The People.

He is a voice of calm and reason in the tempest, an intellectual with compassion, one who believes in hard work but a fair playing field. Is why I also supported Rocky Anderson in the last election, a Democrat that was voted in by a Republican stronghold in Utah. I'm tired of this Country being torn apart by the far right and those on the left who have given up their principles of what that means.

Bernie Sanders is the Lighthouse in the storm, and maybe he can do what 3rd Parties have done in the past wake the other two Parties the hell up and get them back on track. Neither Party is what they once were and maybe the American people will finally do what they should of done all alone, vote Smart instead of voting for Party and put someone like Bernie Sanders in Office. Maybe Rocky Anderson will join him, as much as I like a Sanders/Warren ticket they both belong to two different Parties. So Sanders/Anderson would also be a top notch ticket for me.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Friday March 7, 2014, 4:16 pm
*clarification, Rocky Anderson was a Democrat when he ran for office in Utah. He became an Independent and he joined the Justice Party when he ran for President.
 

Diane O. (167)
Friday March 7, 2014, 4:27 pm
Hi Dandelion...always good to read your comments. Vermont's demographics and economics is not exactly a platform for wider national interests. Appealing to Vermonters, in no way, is a model for appealing to the vaster diversity of the nation.

Also, a democrat from Utah is not exactly a resume for wider acceptance elsewhere.

Glad you like my new avatar.
 

Diane O. (167)
Friday March 7, 2014, 4:32 pm
My guess is that Rocky Anderson appears to be a political outsider. I don't recognize the name.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Friday March 7, 2014, 4:51 pm
He would get my vote.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Friday March 7, 2014, 4:56 pm
I love Bernie Sanders & I wish he would run for President, and talk Dennis Kucinich into running as VP! Progressives would Finally get a platform & power to HELP us! :) The RepubliCONs are only interested in buying their seats, Democrats have given up on us too many times in the name of pretend "bipartisanship" - the party abandonned us when it put "the public option" Off the table even before starting the ACA paperwork.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Friday March 7, 2014, 5:19 pm
If Nader had recognized the reality of presidential politics, we would never have had Bush/Cheney, and the two wars, no Patriot Act . We would probably still have had a budget surplus.
I do not know that the 2 major parties are apt to "wake up," though I would love to be wrong about that! They are both too entrenched in the status quo, too connected to the Plutocratic State.
Maybe I'm too cynical, or maybe not. But, as much as I would love to see a Bernie victory in 2016, I shudder at the thought of some utterly bonzo Teapublican taking the White House; doubt that the current GOP can nominate someone who is not a bloody charismatic lunatic, thinking he/she is meant to do what she/he thinks is God's work on Earth (a la G.W.B.), and/or wants to finish the job Ronald Reagan invigorated- giving the 1% whatever they don't already own.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Friday March 7, 2014, 5:20 pm
Rocky Anderson has been strong on the environment and has won many National as well as International awards in this. He also was, might still be....but think there is strain now, friends with Mitt Romney. Bush obviously was a Candidate for Texans but he became President, so one can't say that someone from Vermont also could not be a President.

Yes, Dennis Kucinich is another one I like Yvonne, and if Bernie did go with the Democrats, as he didn't confine himself to No in that idea, I'd also like Sanders/Warren or Sanders/Grayson. Gee some good choices he could pull from.
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday March 7, 2014, 5:32 pm
Mitchell D: RIGHT ON !!! If I could, i'd send you a star!!!!
 

Janet R. (34)
Friday March 7, 2014, 5:49 pm
I hope he does. I shudder to think who the GOP/Pee Party will be running.
 

Terry King (109)
Friday March 7, 2014, 5:57 pm
I am actually a Marxist Diane but an Independent Socialist is good enough for me!
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Friday March 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
I forgot to mention it earlier, but if Nader had not become involved, not only would Bush probably never been close to being elected, but then IMPORTANTLY, his SCOTUS, democracy burying legacy would not be in the position it enjoys.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Friday March 7, 2014, 7:05 pm
Terry, I read a very interesting, new biography of Marx, last year, the focus of which was to place him within the context of his place and time.
You might look for it.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Friday March 7, 2014, 8:32 pm
Signed the petition. Thanks Angelika
 

Patsy Olive (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 9:38 pm
I hope he runs, I think he would make a good President , and not take any B/S off any one.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Friday March 7, 2014, 10:24 pm
Ditto to what everyone else said...Bernie would be a breath of fresh air in the White House.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 2:34 am
Terry, so basically you are a communist without a country. A Marxist is a communist whose government doesn't require you to work AND gives you a low paying job.

If that works for you then what can be said?
 

Panchali Yapa (14)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 6:17 am
Thank you
 

Terry King (109)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 7:50 am
Diane... Do you know anything about Marxist economic theory?
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 10:51 am
The state controls all means of production and centrally regulates the marketplace.

Marxism is the theory and communism is the practical implementation of Marxism. Yes, I get the picture. Why are you living in the United States? I believe you would be happier living in Cuba based on your comments. Think you could earn a living in Cuba? No? How about food rationing? Everyone in Cuba is dirt poor except for the "ruling elite."
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 11:47 am
@#* Diane O; have you no decency?/ I am taking for granted that Terry King is an American born citizen, so therefore according to the Constitution I read, he has a right to his opinion. Why don't you leave to a Country more suitable to your liking?? How do you like it that the shoe is on the other foot??? If Hillary says NO to 2016, & Warren says NO again, Bernie has my vote!!!!!!
 

Nancy M. (202)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 11:49 am
I think it is a great idea. Thanks.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 3:12 pm
Well, Donald, if you want to live in a socialist country....you are living in the WRONG country. That was my point. I AM in a country I believe in. I believe in our Constitution and I believe in personal responsibility Americans. I also believe in free speech. Terry has his free speech and I have mine. If he is of the Marxist mentality all I said is that he would probably enjoy living in Cuba because he won't see in his lifetime a Marxist America. LOL!

 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 7:49 pm
I signed, Thanks Angie!
 

Angelika R. (144)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 9:08 am
another PETITION -PLEASE SIGN !
http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/senator-bernie-sanders-2?source=s.icn.em.cr&fb_test=0&r_by=907485&mailing_id=20989
 
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