Dem rep: Sanders should register as a Democrat

Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksHouse Democrat urges anti-Trump resistance within administration to come 'out of the shadows' Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday criticized Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE for seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for president despite being an independent.

Meeks, appearing on CNN, called on Sanders to "run as a Democrat."

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"If in fact you want to be the Democratic nominee, you should be a Democrat," Meeks said. "If you’re not a Democrat, you should not run. You should run as an independent. He’s not a Democrat."

Sanders has previously faced criticism from Democrats for not fully embracing the party.

However, Sanders's campaign adviser, Jeff Weaver, told CNN Wednesday that the senator plans to sign a pledge affirming that he will run as a Democrat in his presidential bid and govern as a Democrat if elected.

The pledge is part of new rules implemented by the Democratic National Committee. 

But Meeks on Thursday said Sanders should go a step further and register as a Democrat.

"And then he can talk about running to be my representative. I want a Democrat to be my representative as president of the United States," Meeks said. 

Sanders said earlier this week that he will run for the presidency again in 2020 after he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in 2016.