Even though the unsuccessful candidate returned to his status as a political independent after he lost his bid for the presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was named chair of outreach for Senate Democrats and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.
“Real change doesn’t take place on Capitol Hill. It takes place in grassroots America,” said Sanders. “It takes place when millions of working people, young people and senior citizens come together to demand that our government works for all of us and not just the 1 percent. When the people lead, the leaders follow.”
“Serving as ranking member of the Budget Committee is a heavy responsibility,” said Sanders. “It helps shape the priorities of the United States government, and I am going to do everything I can to make sure the budget that leaves the United States Congress is a budget that represents the needs of working families and a shrinking middle class, not billionaires.”
Sanders floated the possibility of another presidential bid in 2020 during an interview with the Associated Press,
Sanders explained that he first wants to help rebuild the Democratic Party from its base following Donald Trump’s devastating victory.
“Four years is a long time from now,” the 75-year-old Vermont senator said, reminding reporters that he’s up for re-election in the Senate come 2018 “We’ll take one thing at a time, but I’m not ruling out anything.”
Sanders said that the decision of millions of working-class voters to back Trump is an embarrassment to Democrats who failed tp take a strong approach against corporate interests.
“It is an embarrassment, I think, to the entire of Democratic Party that millions of white working-class people decided to vote for Mr Trump,” he explained, “which suggests that the Democratic message of standing up for working people no longer holds much sway among workers in this country.”
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