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Rand Paul is the two-word answer to the question “Why should the Democrats hope Bernie Sanders runs in the Democratic primaries?”

A small group of progressive activists will meet Tuesday to form a "Draft Bernie Sanders for President" steering committee in Johnson County, Iowa, to persuade the Vermont senator to run as a Democrat in the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont politician who is a self-described democratic socialist, is the focus of a draft for president committee in Johnson County. A press release from the group says it wants him to run for president as a Democrat in the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

When Neil Nevins introduced Sen. Bernard Sanders before he spoke in Warner, N.H., on a sunny Saturday in June, he ticked off the highlights of Sanders’ resumé: Burlington mayor, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator.

“We are not quite sure what the next path is,” said Nevins, owner of Mainstreet Bookends in Warner.

To which the crowd of roughly 250 yelled in near unison: “President!”

The Vermont senator doesn’t want to talk about Hillary—or any ‘political gossip.’ But even as his fans pooh-pooh his 2016 odds, he has other ways of derailing the Democrats’ Chosen One. When Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to talk about something he doesn’t want to talk about, he pushes his chair away from the table, folds his hands in his lap, lowers his voice, and answers questions in short, Hemingwayesque bursts, his trademark Brooklyn patois reduced to a growling whisper.

And the things the Vermont senator doesn’t want to talk are

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, self-described “democratic socialist,” claims he hasn’t decided whether to run for president, let alone whether to seek the Democratic nomination or try a third-party bid.

But in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, Sanders sounded like he was in for 2016, and that his preferred route is the Democratic race, presumably against Hillary Clinton.

Dems, Greens, independents and socialists are courting Vermont’s junior senator.

Last weekend, Vermont’s independent senator Bernie Sanders headed to Goose Lake, Iowa—the latest chapter in his ongoing flirtation with the 2016 presidential race. On Saturday, he delivered the keynote speech at the Clinton County Democrats “Hall of Fame” Dinner.

Monday, 19 May 2014 17:06

The caucus countdown

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It is probably what most people think of — or at least what most people thought of eight years ago — when they consider the Iowa caucus.

A handful of people are gathered around a conference table at the local library. There are a few handouts on the table top, flanked by packages of cookies. Hopes and concerns about the future of the country are on display, but the real tension in the room centers around speculation of a presumptive Democratic nominee and how such a situation could chill certain discussions in the Hawkeye State and beyond.

Northampton, MassachusettsSenator Bernie Sanders is inching closer to deciding to run for president as a Democrat in 2016.

When Sanders appeared in Northampton to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Progressive Democrats of America, and to honor the legacy of the group’s late co-founder and national director, Tim Carpenter, “Run, Bernie, Run” sentiment ran high. Carpenter’s last act was to collect 11,000 petitions urging Sanders to run as a Democrat. And nothing Sanders said discouraged the consensus.

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