Bernie Sanders apparently has his eyes on the presidency, saying he hasn’t ruled out a 2020 presidential run.
In a phone interview with the Associated Press (AP), Sen. Sanders — who narrowly lost the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton — said he’s “not ruling out anything” when evaluating a White House run in 2020, but added that “four years is a long time from now.”
“We’ll take one thing at a time,” the Vermont senator said.
Despite the ruling opinion among frustrated leftists that Sanders would be the next president had he been the Democratic nominee, the independent senator refused to criticize Clinton’s candidacy, simply blaming the loss on Democratic Party leadership that ignored core constituencies in Midwestern, rust belt states.
“It is an embarrassment, I think, to the entire of Democratic Party that millions of white working-class people decided to vote for Mr. Trump, which suggests that the Democratic message of standing up for working people no longer holds much sway among workers in this country,” Sanders told the AP.
Sanders has, for now, endorsed U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), one of two Muslim members of Congress, to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison is seen as one of the most progressive members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a leading member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.