In recent weeks there have been growing calls for Independent Senator Bernie Sanders to run for president, but Sanders has stated that he “ain’t gonna do it.” From The Nation:
activists across the country started talking up the notion of a “Sanders for President” run in 2012, either as a dissident Democrat in the primaries or as a left-leaning Independent. Rabbi Michael Lerner put the democratic socialist senator’s name at the top of a list of prospective primary challengers, while a “Draft Bernie Sanders for President” website appeared with a declaration that:
“If you believe America needs a strong independent voice in the presidential race bringing progressive ideas back into the national conversation—ideas that are no longer being discussed because President Barack Obama’s version of “hope and change” has turned out to be mostly politics as usual and capitulation to conservative Republicans—then we encourage you to support the Draft Sanders effort. Senator Sanders is a credible, experienced political leader who has spent his career fighting for progressive values and policies.” . . .
Asked about the prospect of a presidential run in a several year-end interviews with print and broadcast media outlets, his answer was to take the idea “off the table.”
On Vermont’s WCAX-TV, the senator said: “You will be the first to know: ain’t gonna do it.”