After failing to secure the Democrats’ presidential nomination himself, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is eyeing new ways to get a job at the White House.
According to Fox News, Sanders confirmed this week that he is interested in working with Joe Biden as his administration’s secretary of Labor.
Fox reports that Sanders “said on Wednesday that he would accept a position [in] President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet if one was offered.”
The comments from the Vermont senator came during an appearance on CNN.
“What’s true is I want to do everything I can to protect the working families of this country who are under tremendous duress right now. Whether that’s in the Senate, whether that’s in the Biden administration, who knows,” Sanders said, according to Fox. “Let’s see how that unfolds.”
Pressed specifically on the position of secretary of Labor, Sanders doubled down.
“If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it?” the senator said. “Yes, I would.”
“My main focus”
After he lost his own bid in the Democratic presidential primary race this year — for the second time in a row — Sanders took to the campaign trail on behalf of Biden, stumping for the moderate, establishment Dem at the top of the party’s ticket despite the fact that Biden has actively sought to distance himself from policies Sanders has widely supported, like Medicare For All.
It was a move that had many speculating that Sanders was eyeing a spot in the Biden admin — a rumor the senator finally confirmed this week. But a Politico report published last month alleged to have known about Sanders’ plans a lot sooner.
Politico cited “two people familiar with the conversations” that took place between Sanders and Biden’s campaign team, who made clear that the Vermont senator at least had an interest in working at the White House. “I can confirm he’s trying to figure out how to land that role or something like it. He, personally, does have interest in it,” one source told Politico.
At the time, Sanders refused to say anything definitive on the subject. “Right now, I am focused on seeing that Biden is elected president,” he maintained in a statement to Politico. “That’s what my main focus is.”
Despite President Donald Trump’s claims to the contrary, it seems leftists like Sanders feel they’ve succeeded in their goal of clinching a win for Biden, and they appear ready to push ahead with their radical agenda even amid ongoing allegations of election fraud.