WASHINGTON, October 2, 2014 — Moments ago, Senator Bernie Sanders again confirmed that he is starting a bid for the White House. “If you are going to be in Iowa this weekend, I will be there.”
When asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “What’s wrong with Hillary?” Sanders replied, “Nothing.” He added that elections, and the presidency, have to be about the middle class, rebuilding the country’s infrastructure and creating jobs to counter the highest unemployment the country has ever had.
Sanders has said he will run if he thinks he can win, and his consideration of a run for president has nothing to do with the former secretary of state.
“A) I don’t know if Hillary Clinton is running, and b) I don’t know what she is running on,” Sanders said. “But this is what I do know: I know the middle class in this country is collapsing, I know the gap between the very, very rich and everybody else is growing wider. I know there is profound anger at the greed on Wall Street, anger at corporate America, anger at the political establishment — and anger, by the way, at the media establishment. The American people want real change, and I’ve been taking on the big money interests and special interests all of my political life.”
A Sanders run, either as a democrat or independent, will test Clinton’s run as the senator and former Secretary of State share supporters. Sanders says he’s going to Iowa to see whether it makes more sense for him to run as an independent or a Democrat.
“The truth is, profound anger at both political parties, more and more people are becoming independent, the negative is, how do you set up a 50-state infrastructure as an independent?” Sanders says “The American people want change. They want Congress, they want candidates to stand up to the big money interests,” Sanders said. “I think anybody who speaks to the needs of the working class and the middle class of this country and shows the courage to take on the billionaire class, I think that candidate will do pretty well.”
Part of the Sanders platform is his anti-Koch crusade. He believes big money buys elections and says the billionaire brothers influence a donor network that spends millions of dollars to further their conservative agenda.
“You know what their agenda is? You know what they believe in? I’ll tell you what they believe in,” Sanders said. “This is what they told us: They want to end Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. More tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. Nobody in America wants that except the billionaire class. And yet they are now able to put hundreds of millions of dollars into the political process. This is a real danger to American democracy.”