"I don't think it's one of the hot topics," said Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders is tired of talking about running for President.
It's a question he's been asked since winning his first Senate race in 2006. Over the last few weeks it's an issue that keeps popping up. That's because he says there's a one percent chance he'll run, to force the country's prospective leaders into a debate over the share of wealth going to America's top one percent.
"I worry very much that those issues are not being discussed -- you hear many Republicans talking about that? Not too many Democrats are talking about it as well," Sanders said. "That is the most important domestic issue that we have got to talk about."
Sanders cites a lack of jobs for young adults and a rising percentage of the country slipping into poverty, but says he'll only run if no one else is willing to champion those issues.
Dartmouth Government Professor Linda Fowler says he's not the only one testing the political waters. "You can expect a free-for-all. That's the one prediction I feel comfortable making," she said. Fowler says Sanders is closer to the political center of his caucus than many of the Republican primary candidates were in 2012 and could shift the dialogue as the Tea-Party did in that debate. She says many of the best known Democrats don't want to face-off against Hillary Clinton, and the progressives are disenchanted with her and her husband Bill. That could open the door for Sanders. "They might end up rallying around him as the non-Hillary candidate," She said.
Reporter Kyle Midura: Is there any one person that you say, 'If they enter the race I know I won't have to run'?
Senator Bernie Sanders: We will see what happens. There are virtually no formal candidates... It's too early to talk about that.
Sanders also says it's too early to say whether he would run as an Independent or Democrat -- but repeats, it's the issues that matter, not the politics.
Sanders has just more than $4 million left over from his last Senate campaign he could tap if he decided to run in 2016. Fowler says fundraising would not be a major obstacle for Sanders, and added that he wouldn't need an overflowing war chest to make a big splash in neighboring New Hampshire at the beginning of primary season.
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:07 PM EST2014-03-09 01:07:08 GMT
A rally at the State House in Montpelier Saturday. A passionate group of dozens of women, and men, assembled in front of the State House Saturday for the Women's March for Dignity. They were demandingMore >>
Women's March for Dignity say they are demanding lawmakers support paid sick day policies for all workers.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-03-08 15:21:27 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:05 GMT
Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
We've had another cold week that's left homeowners cranking the heat. But what does that mean for kids' safety?More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:31 AM EST2014-03-08 13:31:36 GMT
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. His office says Governor Peter Shumlin will be at Brown University in Providence taking part in a forum with the Rhode Island Governor. While theMore >>
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 AM EST2014-03-08 13:17:30 GMT
We have some ideas for your Saturday. IRISH FESTIVAL The 19th annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival kicks off today. There is a lecture about the role of Irish immigrants in the Civil War at theMore >>