Reeling over devastating Democratic losses and witnessing Hillary Clinton’s humiliating defeat at the hands of New York businessman Donald Trump, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told the Associated Press his intent to play an active role in rebuilding his shattered party, but stopped short of revealing plans for the future.
Asked where his future may take him politically, Sanders acknowledged his impending 2018 reelection bid.
“Four years is a long time from now. We’ll take one thing at a time, but I’m not ruling out anything,” Sanders said on Friday.
Sanders’ comments were not limited to his coming times: The progressive senator lamented Tuesday’s losses on both the federal and state level, called President-elect Trump’s appeal to working-class voters to the detriment of Democrats an “embarrassment,” and attributed Hillary Clinton’s loss to a “lack of enthusiasm” among voters.
On Thursday evening, Sanders was quizzed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who asked the 75-year-old senator to engage in the notion had he been the Democratic nominee, would he have outperformed or perhaps beaten Mr. Trump.
Demonstrating a level of class and self-worth he revealed in his primary fight with Hillary Clinton, Mr. Sanders declined to lash out at the DNC’s former leadership, chiefly former chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz who was driven from her post over its dishonest nomination framework, and replied: “What good does it do now?”
Following Mr. Sanders appearance with Blitzer, Jane Sanders submitted to an interview with the CNN host on Friday to discuss the Democratic Party’s outlook.
Blunt in her assessment over who should take the reins of the DNC, Sanders praised Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, but refused to offer a formal endorsement when asked if Howard Dean or former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley would be better suited for the role.
Eventually directing his interview to the Tuesday election, Biltzer asked Mrs. Sanders if her husband would have had a better chance than Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump. “Absolutely, but it doesn’t matter. The election is over,” she responded.
Watch CNN’s full interview with Jane Sanders below:
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