For quite some time now, my interest in politics has been on a downward slide. This week, however, I learned of something that could rekindle my progressive passion.
Sanders is among the most liberal politicians in the United States Senate. Liberals, including people here at Irregular Times, have urged Sanders to run for President before, but Sanders has flatly refused to do so.
That’s not the case now. Not too long ago, Sanders put the following message out: “I have not yet made a decision as to whether or not I will run for president. If I do, the main focus of the campaign would be on the decline of the middle class, high unemployment, income and wealth inequality and the fact that the United States is the only nation in the industrialized world not to guarantee health care for all people as a right.” That’s a fairly specific platform. Clearly, Sanders has actually been contemplating a 2016 run for the White House.
Elsewhere, Senator Sanders has made comments that make it sound like he is warming up for a Sanders for President campaign: “I am going to stand with you. And I am going to take these guys on. And I understand that they’re going to be throwing thirty-second ads at me every minute. They’re going to do everything they can to undermine my agenda. But I believe that if we stand together, we can defeat them… If you had a President who said: ‘Nobody in America is going to make less than $12 or $14 an hour,’ what do you think that would do? If you had a President who said: ‘You know what, everybody in this country is going to get free primary health care within a year,’ what do you think that would do? If you had a President say, ‘Every kid in this country is going to go to college regardless of their income,’ what do you think that would do?”
This week, a Roots To Action poll of its membership found that 81 percent want Sanders to become a 2016 candidate. 2014 could be the year that Sanders makes the commitment, one way or another, to run for President or to serve out another term in Congress.