Independent Senator Bernie Sanders May Challenge Hillary in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 08: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a press conference where members of Congress discussed a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections outside the U.S. Capitol September 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. More than 3 million people signed petitions in support of the amendment. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee/2014 Getty Images

It’s no presidential interview, but in his second week as host of Meet the Press, Chuck Todd scored a minor 2016 scoop. “I am thinking about running for president,” announced Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats. He hasn’t decided if he would run as a third-party candidate or a Democrat, but said, “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.” In reality, America isn’t going to elect a self-described socialist, but Sanders’s candidacy could highlight those issues and push Hillary Clinton to the left. Plus, Clinton can’t debate herself.

Senator Bernie Sanders May Run in 2016