The race is on among progressives who see an opening to Hillary Clinton’s left in several issues which are core concerns of the Democratic voting base. The topics of economic policy, energy policy, and foreign policy to name a few, have many liberal Democrats concerned about Hillary’s “establishment” record within the Democratic Party.

Enter Bernie Sanders, stage left. Report from the Des Moines Register:

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has said he’s testing the waters for a 2016 presidential run, will be in Iowa again on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Sanders will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Progress Iowa Holiday Party at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. He will “focus his remarks on creating a government that works for all Americans, not just the wealthy and well-off,” according to a news release from Progress Iowa, a liberal group.

The keynote speaker at the 2013 event was former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

In a statement, Sanders said: “Big majorities of Americans understand that that the middle class is disappearing; unemployment is too high; wealth and income inequality is a threat; that corporate tax loopholes must be closed; that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must not be cut; that global warming threatens our planet and that billionaires should not be allowed to buy elections. We should build on that unity. Progress Iowa has provided a strong voice in the fight for America’s middle class, and I’m excited to speak with their supporters in December.”

Sanders made trips to the presidential testing grounds of Iowa in May, September and October.

Sanders won’t win the nomination, but he could serve as another voice, along with Elizabeth Warren, that will make Hillary engage on topics she’ll likely be trying to avoid before entering the general election.


  1. Mayor Bill De Blaiso of NYC states that “Democrats have to redistribute wealth by attacking from enough angles” which is very similar to Rep. Sanders ” creating a government that works for all people.” Obviously they forget who was in charge of the government the past 6 years. Well any way Mayor De Blasio suggest “the government double down” and get into free child care, affordable housing, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and creating a living wage where government subsidizes employers.

    Perhaps Bolshevik Bill De Blaiso and Sen. Bernie Sanders (S Vt.)could run together in 2016 to satisfy the extreme left?

  2. When I first heard that Sanders was considering a run, I thought it was just a ploy to get attention. That may be it, I don’t know. If nothing else, his age would be an issue–he’d be 75 before election day. Remember that Reagan was considered too old, and he was only 69–that would be Hillary’s age by then. And I suppose a cynic might think several old Dems might “run” just to make her look young. . . .

    But Sanders clearly believes what he believes, so I think he just wants to talk issues. AND that’s not a bad thing. Republicans have been wringing their hands over the past two elections, worrying that all the headlines they were getting was a bad thing. And, of course, the GOP establishment has been trying to stifle discussion. BUT what that did is frame all the issues by the GOP. They were the “only game in town.”

    If Sanders and Warren and a few others run, it would put their issues in front of the people. Then, the discussion wouldn’t be just whether you agree with the GOP candidates–it would be wide open.

    And I, for one, would love to see a wild and crazy discussion of issues.

    • I agree. Sanders is nothing if not consistent in his views proudly calling himself the only self-described socialist in the US Senate. Debate is good.

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