3:31 PM, Dec 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The AP’s Dave Gram writes that Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders of Vermont continues to deliberate. Should he declare himself a candidate for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination? A primary field that included Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Jim Webb, and Martin O’Malley would be a lot more interesting and educational than a slow-motion coronation of Hillary Clinton, so one hopes that Senator Sanders will take the plunge and do so as a Democrat, not an independent.
For now, Sanders,
… says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign.
In the view of Kathy Sullivan, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a Clinton supporter:
"… the question is, is he a step too far for the mainstream of the Democratic Party? He is a socialist.”
"I don't think you'll find the socialist wing of the Democratic Party is that big, contrary to what Republicans might think.”
Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
12:22 PM, Sep 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont has been making coy about running for President.
8:33 AM, Aug 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Speaking at a recent town hall meeting, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont tried to have it both ways on Gaza. Wrong, he said, to shoot rockets. But Israel overreacted. This is the progressive equivocation. The precise, moderate, and acceptable reaction by a nation that his under rocket attack has, so far, not been outlined with any precision.
9:02 AM, Apr 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Any Democrat interested in running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination is, at present, reduced to waiting to see what Hillary will do, and isn’t the suspense just about too much to bear.
There is one potential candidate, however, who is making some moves and seems to believe that it would be a service to his party if he were to challenge Mrs. Clinton in the primaries.
11:12 AM, Mar 8, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Ralph Nader is exasperated. Not an unusual condition for him. But the cause of his frustration, this time, is not GM (the company he helped destroy) or Al Gore (the presidential candidate he helped defeat) or any of the usual suspects. In this case, Citizen Nader is peeved at fellow progressive, Senator Bernie Sanders.
1:42 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In Vermont, where he has been running for something for as long as anyone can remember, the senator is known, simply, as “Bernie.” His national profile is not quite so well established but there are people who have floated the possibility that he might run for president representing the left flank of the Democratic party. He, in fact, among them. So Time magazine interviewed him, raising the prospect, and he made the usual coy noises. However, on the question of Hillary Clinton’s suitability for the job, he was more emphatic.
9:33 AM, Jun 24, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Senator Bernard Sanders (“Bernie” to his friends) describes his party status as "independent." He caucuses with the Democrats and is reliably to the left on any matter of importance. As, for instance, immigration. So he is a "yes" on the great big bill that will fix everything and that nobody has time to read.
The Senate has not passed a budget in 750 days.8:01 AM, May 20, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has again delayed the introduction and markup of a budget proposal, according to the Hill. Conrad says he will defer that part of the process until after the bipartisan talks led by Vice President Joe Biden conclude:
4:47 PM, May 17, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
After much fanfare about a coming bipartisan budget agreement in the Senate, it looks as though rumors that the so-called Gang of Six had fallen apart may be true. Bloomberg reports:
A bipartisan “Gang of Six” senators is unlikely to reach agreement on a proposal to reduce the government’s long-term budget deficits, Senator Tom Coburn said today.
3:20 PM, Jan 11, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
There has been no shortage of individuals and institutions that have sought to capitalize on the shootings in Tucson. Add Vermont senator Bernie Sanders to that list.
This afternoon Sanders sent out a fundraising appeal, seeking to raise money to fight Republicans and other “right-wing reactionaries” responsible for the climate that led to the shooting.
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