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A quiet burst of activity from the Sanders campaign seems to all but guarantee that Sanders will run as an independent this election cycle. All across the country Sanders’ core infrastructure of volunteers and paid staff are mobilizing to collect signatures and perform necessary paperwork to get him on the general election ballots in the states.
Officials highly placed within the Sanders campaign remain evasive and deny that the senator plans, at this time, to run as an independent. Bernie’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, has stated time and time again that they intend to go all the way to the convention and make the case that Sanders should be the Democratic nominee for the 2016 general election. But the Sanders campaign is actively engaging in activities, within the states, that have no other purpose besides putting Sanders in the position of being able to run as an independent candidate against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Many of Bernie supporters have been openly and vocally calling for the senator to run as an independent if he fails to secure the Democratic nomination. Citing unfair favouritism toward Clinton by the DNC under Debbie Wasserman Schultz, highly suspicious deviations between primary exit polling and election results, Sanders supporters have made the argument that the systematic corruption within the Democratic party will not allow progressive ideas and platforms to flourish if the party elite believe they can act with impunity and still count on the vote of progressives. It has been reported that Sanders is privately supportive of this type of analysis, and his coming independent candidacy will be engineered to force the party to the left, going forward, if they wish to compete against Republicans on a national level.
Sources within the Bernie campaign, speaking on conditions of anonymity, say that Bernie has indeed been seriously considering an independent run, and wishes to ensure the option is available to him by performing the necessary work now. If Bernie were to wait until after the convention to lay the legal foundation for an independent run it would be too late. It is this fact that explains the Sanders campaign’s actions toward inclusion on state ballots as an independent at this time.
originally posted by: AlaskanDad
As the DNC builds fences around the Philadelphia convention center to keep out Sen Sanders supporters protests
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: AlaskanDad
If he does it will make a lot of people happy including conservatives because they know it will cost Hillary a huge percentage of possible voters.
However, it's not a bad idea and one I was wondering if he might do from the start of this. What I'm wondering is if that is actually allowed??? Can you run on the Dem ticket and then switch to Independent later like this???
He should do it though. We might see our first non two party president elect.
Besides, what is there to lose??? Either way we get Crooked Hillary or Clown Meat Trump if nothing else so I say do it.
This election is all screwy anyway.
originally posted by: AlaskanDad
a reply to: ladyinwaiting
Having been slurred as a BernieBro and having the election rigged time and again for the corporate candidate, I could never vote for Hilley.
Now who brought on the angst?
Let me guess, it was just the republicans fault, no it's Sanders fault, no its Donalds fault, little hilley never does any wrong, just ask her.
Nice server you had there Hilley!