White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday agreed with centrist group Third Way that he poses an “existential threat” to the Democratic Party and called for transforming it to serve working-class people in a wide-ranging interview with CNBC’s John Harwood.
After Sanders, a democratic socialist, said that “what I am trying to do, in many ways, is pick up where Franklin Delano Roosevelt left off,” Harwood asked, “Do you also embrace the part of FDR that said adversaries hate me and I welcome their hatred?”
“Absolutely,” the senator responded. “You can judge a person by the friends they have. You can judge a candidate for president by the enemies they have.”
Sanders caucuses with Senate Democrats—and is seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination—but has represented Vermont as an Independent in Congress since his first term in the House in 1991. In the interview, he added:
There was a guy who was head of Third Way, the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. He said, “Bernie Sanders is an existential threat to the Democratic Party.” I agree with him. I am. I want to convert the Democratic Party, to break its dependency on big money and corporate interests, and make it a party of working-class people, of young people, of all people who believe in justice.
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