Vermont’s independent U.S. senator, Bernie Sanders, says he’s prepared to run for president, but is setting no deadline for making a decision.
Sanders says – with economic inequality and climate change – this is one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the United States.
“I do not believe for one moment that I’m the only person who can raise the issues,” Sanders told Vermont Public Radio. “But I think these are issues that have to be raised, and if other people are not prepared to talk about the most important issues, I’m certainly prepared to do that.”
Sanders is also pointing to how he differs from another potential candidate, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. He says he likes Clinton and calls her a very intelligent individual. But he says no one can be anointed to the presidency.
“We need a vigorous debate about issues that impact working families,” he said. “And I suspect that in that debate, my views will be quite different from Secretary Clinton’s.”
Sanders says he does not know if he’d run as an independent or in the Democratic primary. He also would not say when he’ll make a decision. He says the focus right now is on the 2014 midterm elections.