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Bernie Sanders Speaks Out In Front Of The White House On #NoDAPL Day Of Action:
Meanwhile, as Sanders helps lead the public fight against the DAPL (and pretty much every other issue) he does not seem to be in as much of a hurry to sign up for a specific role in an official Democratic leadership position.
Some Senate Democrats are getting behind the idea of putting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in leadership, but he doesn’t seem enthusiastic about it.
His backers argue that his ability to connect with white working-class voters is just what the party needs in the wake of its disappointing performance last week in blue-collar states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
But Sanders, who reclaimed his status as an independent after running for president as a Democrat, has always been something of an outsider in the Democratic caucus.
Sanders told reporters Wednesday evening that he is not interested in serving as chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communication Center (DPCC), a job now held by Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.).
The influential position was created for Schumer; it made him the third-ranking Senate Democrat and gave him more power to craft the party’s message. Schumer is vacating the job next year to replace retiring Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) as the chamber’s Democratic leader.
Asked whether he will serve in leadership, Sanders said it “remains to be seen.”
“We’re thinking about it,” he said.