John Nichols reports today at nation.com that Bernie Sanders "is prepared to run for president of the United States." It is not an announcement of his candidacy, but rather an interview with the Independent Senator from Vermont.
I don't believe that I am the only person out there who can fight this fight, but I am certainly prepared to look seriously at that race.There is an extended Q&A at the link, wherein Sanders explains.
Q. When you say you are "prepared to run," that can be read in two ways. One is to say you have the credentials, the prominence, the following to seek the office. The other is to say that you are making preparations for a run. How do you parse that?
A. If the question is, am I actively right now organizing and raising money and so forth for a campaign for president, I am not doing that. On the other hand, am I talking to people around the country? Yes, I am. Will I be doing some traveling around the country? Yes, I will be. But I think it's premature to be talking about (the specifics of) a campaign when we still have a 2014 congressional race in front of us.
This isn't news, but there are a lot of folks here who might support Sanders in a presidential bid, especially due to his views on the financial crisis of 2008 (to present).