Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Hillary Clinton is not the Democratic candidate to lead the political revolution he envisions sweeping millions more people into the political process.
In an interview with Time magazine published Wednesday, Sanders said he would make a better president than the former secretary of State.
“I don’t know what she’s going to say. But I think, you know, if you talk about the need for a political revolution in America, I think it’s fair to say that Secretary Clinton probably will not be one of the more active people.”
A Pew survey released this week on Clinton found that “having new ideas” was one of Clinton’s biggest weaknesses. Forty-nine percent of people said “having new ideas” described Clinton, while 40 percent disagreed.
Sanders ticked off his populist wish list, which includes universal healthcare and access to college, a stricter tax system for corporations and the wealthy, and campaign finance reforms that would roll back the Supreme Court decision that opened up corporate political donations and led to the creation of super-PACs.
“Do you think that’s Hillary Clinton’s agenda? I don’t think so,” he said.
Sanders has made similar statements before and has even floated the idea that he could run for president if another liberal candidate does not step up.
But in past interviews, even he has admitted the odds of that happening are about 1 percent.
Sanders also took aim at a familiar punching bag for Democrats, the Koch brothers and unlimited political spending.
“So you have a situation now where one could argue that the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson and the other billionaires now — as a result of this disastrous Citizens United decision — now have more political influence than either the Democratic or Republican Party,” he said.