Whatever the opposite of a presidential frontrunner is, Bernie Sanders -- Vermont's self-avowed democratic socialist senator -- personifies it. But that hasn't stopped him from entertaining 2016 ambitions.
In an interview with The Nation, published Thursday, Sanders said he was "prepared to run for president." He's not declaring a candidacy or even going through some of the necessary motions like fundraising just yet, but he said he is talking with "people around the country" and appears to have grappled with some of the toughest questions he would face: like whether he would run as an independent or a Democrat. It's not the first time that Sanders has floated the idea, but it's more concrete evidence that he's taking it seriously.
"I am prepared to run for president of the United States," he said. "I don't believe that I am the only person out there who can fight this fight, but I am certainly prepared to look seriously at that race."
The nascent Sanders campaign, if you will, appears to be a conscious effort to offer an alternative to the presumptive Democratic frontrunner: Hillary Clinton.
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