Sanders: I’ll Run In 2018 As An Independent [VIDEO]

The Concord Monitor reports:

Bernie Sanders said he’ll run for re-election next year as an independent candidate. The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and independent senator from Vermont made the news in an interview with the Monitor on Sunday evening after energizing Democratic activists packed into the American Legion hall in Rollinsford, along the Maine border. Sanders’s trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state was his second in less than two months, sparking more speculation that he just may run again for the White House in 2020.

But before any potential 2020 White House run, the former Burlington, Vt., mayor and congressman must deal with his 2018 re-election for a third term in the U.S. Senate. “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,” Sanders said. “That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”

This also happened on Friday:

DNC member Bob Mulholland of California tried on Friday to get a DNC panel to pass a resolution urging Sanders and Sen. Angus King of Maine, both independents, to run for re-election as Democrats in 2018. But the committee defeated it, denying the resolution a vote before the full DNC on Saturday at its meeting in Las Vegas.

Mulholland said he had three co-sponsors for the resolution, which says King and Sanders “have contributed enormously to key Democratic causes.”

He said it was rejected after a Vermont member discussed the party’s long relationship with Sanders. “It would help if everybody who believes in the Democratic Party platform actually said, ‘I am a Democrat,’ ” Mulholland told USA TODAY.