Dem rep: Sanders should register as a Democrat

Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksOn The Money: House passes monthlong stopgap | Broader spending talks stall | Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns | Progressives ramp up attacks on private equity Progressive Democrats ramp up attacks on private equity CNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday criticized Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHow can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally 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.