Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has confirmed that he will run for re-election in the Senate as an independent in 2018, despite recent pressure from some Democrats to join the party.
Sanders told Fox News of his decision to hold onto his independent status during an interview Sunday night.
“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. That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and that’s what I’ll continue to do,” Sanders told Fox News.
Sanders had been facing pressure from some Democrats to officially run as a member of the Democratic party. Sanders caucuses with Democrats in the Senate.
One Democratic National Committee (DNC) member, Bob Mulholland, had introduced a resolution at the party’s fall meeting that would have demanded Sanders and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) run as Democrats in the future.
However, the resolution failed, falling short of the simple majority it needed to pass.
Hell, we can't even get Democrats to agree that you need to be a Democrat anymore in order to run as a Democrat, and people keep wondering how third-party bids always end up so damaging to the Democratic party.
Yes, Maine's Angus King is also an independent but he also never ran as the presidential candidate for the party he didn't belong to either. So tired of this. Bernie grudgingly ran as a Democrat in 2016, but now refuses to. He wants it both ways, and we fall all over ourselves in order to give it to him.
Oh, and let's remember Sanders promised to run as a Democrat in the future two years ago.
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday filed his paperwork without issue in New Hampshire to appear on the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary ballot.
The longtime Vermont independent senator faced no challenges at Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office, despite earlier concerns about whether he legally qualified as a Democrat. Sanders declared himself a Democrat Thursday, and said he will run as a Democrat in future elections, and that was good enough for Gardner.
“I'm a Democrat and should be on the ballot, I don't think I need to say too much more,” Sanders said.
Turns out he lied about that too.
Again, the transcript of that 2015 press conference:
It's obnoxious in every way possible. I'm done with him lying. If he wins in 2018 and runs again in 2020, great. It won't be through any effort of mine though.