Sanders ran as a Democrat for more media coverage
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Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAnti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps MORE on Monday said one of the reasons he decided to run for president as a Democrat instead of as an independent was to attract more media coverage.

“I just happen to believe that in this moment of history, given the crises that we face, it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics," Sanders said at an MSNBC town hall.

“We concluded — and I think it was absolutely the right decision, that … in terms of media coverage — you have to run within the Democratic party,” Sanders said.

The Vermont senator pointed to his congressional tenure, saying he's worked closely with his Democratic colleagues.

“I've been a member of the Democratic caucus for 25 years, in the House 16, in the Senate nine years. We've worked very closely, the Democrats,” Sanders said. 

“Obviously, I've been one of the strongest opponents of right-wing Republicanism. So I felt comfortable doing it, and I think it was the right decision.”

Sanders also cited financial reasons for not running as an independent.

“If you're a billionaire, you can do that. I'm not a billionaire. So the structure of American politics today is such that I thought the right ethic was to run within the Democratic Party,” Sanders said.