Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will reveal his decision on whether or not he will run for the presidency in 2016 “pretty soon,” he announced on April 19.
Sanders, who describes himself as a Democratic-Socialist and votes with the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate, has positioned himself to make a run for the White House against Democrat Hillary Clinton, the likely nominee.
One of the things Sanders is doing to prepare for a potential run is looking at his own finances.
“Making sure you have the money to run a credible campaign is very important. We’re working on it. And we will make the best decision we can in the near future,” Sanders said in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" on April 19.
Sanders has criticized the role of money in national elections throughout his time in Congress. Now, he is more focused on attacking the banking industry and tax codes, which he says allows for the wealthiest Americans to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Sanders also questioned Clinton’s stance on the current trade deal being negotiated by Congress in his interview.
“I hope very much the secretary comes out against it,” Sanders said, referring to the recent trade deal that President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress have come together to support. “We do not need to send more jobs to low-wage countries.”
When asked if he thought Clinton would challenge Wall Street to reform its banking system, Sanders sounded skeptical.
“I do have doubts that Hillary Clinton or any Republican out there will take on big-money interests who control so much of our economy. CEOs should not be making 300 times more than their workers … What we are seeing over the last 40 years is the disappearance of America’s middle class,” Sanders said to host Chris Wallace.
Sanders still has a long way to go if he wants to win the Democratic nomination over Clinton. A poll conducted by CNN released earlier today showed Clinton 69 percent support from Democrats. Sanders came in third with 5 percent, trailing Vice President Joe Biden, who had 11 percent support.
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