Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Trump budget ‘must be defeated’ The Hill's 12:30 Report Sanders will 'absolutely' work with Trump to lower prescription drug costs MORE (I-Vt.) won't rule out a presidential bid if no other liberal candidate steps up to run — but suggested Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Finance: Trump slump: Stocks fall as hopes fade | Trump repeals 'blacklisting rule' | GOP looks to tax bill for lifeline: Senators call for pay equity for US women's hockey team Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick MORE (D-Mass.) could fit the bill.
Sanders tells the Burlington Free Press that he'd prefer not to run, but if no one else steps up to challenge the "establishment politicians" in 2016, he may feel compelled to.
He indicated Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) might earn his backing if she were to run, however.
"I like Elizabeth Warren very much," he said. "Her beauty is that she is very smart. She speaks English. She can explain economics in a way that everybody can understand."
Sanders has previously said he hasn't ruled out a run but put the odds of that happening at 1 percent.
Sanders said if he did run for president he would "probably" run as an independent rather than a Democrat.