Bernie Sanders Is Running For Re-Election As An Independent, Despite Pressure To Run As Dem

By: Kayla Pasacreta

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has announced he will run for re-election as an independent. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, he stated,

I am an independent, and I have always run in Vermont as an independent, while I caucus with the Democrats in the United States Senate,
— Senator Bernie Sanders

The announcement is coming with some backlash, since Sanders ran in 2016 presidential election as a Democrat. Just last weekend, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) held a meeting in which they urged Democratic-leaning Independents who caucus with the Democratic party to fully identify and run as Democrats.

Sanders, photo via  Getty Images

Sanders, photo via Getty Images

Although Vermont is a mostly Democratic state, party lines are 'fluid' and Sanders maintains the support of the state's Democratic Party. Still, the announcement is coming with some backlash, since Sanders ran in 2016 presidential election as a Democrat. Hillary Clinton also bashed Sanders in her book What Happened, for not identifying as a Democrat.

Just last weekend, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) held a meeting in which they urged Democratic-leaning Independents who caucus with the Democratic party to fully identify with the party and run as Democrats. This came after the DNC rejected a policy solution that would force Sanders to identify as Democrat.

Sanders has been eyed as a potential candidate for the 2020 election, but this move may signal otherwise. Sanders would likely have a difficult time leading a successful campaign as an independent, especially given the incredibly complicated political atmosphere.


 

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