While 2016 is a ways away there is already fervor surrounding the next presidential election. The GOP primary potentials like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Chris Christie have been laying the groundwork for a run since last year and were just in Las Vegas to meet with super-doner Sheldon Adelson who spent $90 million on Romney's 2012 bid alone. Hillary has been bombarded with controversy stemming back to Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky and hasn't even mentioned running yet.
Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may have just joined that presidential preamble. On Saturday, Sanders will hold a town hall meeting at St. Anslem's College in Manchester, NH, a critical state come primary season. In an interview with the Burlingon Free Press, Sander's told the paper, it would be "many many months" before entering the race but included why an early start is so important to his speculated trajectory.
“Look, if I run, I’m not going to be the multibillion-dollar candidate,” Sanders said. “I’m not going to be the guy getting the money from corporate America and Wall Street. But I will need a very, very strong grassroots movement, and that’s not so easy to bring about. So I have to get a sense from people who I respect in terms of what they think.”
Considering President Obama spent over a billion dollars to win in 2012 and the Surpreme Court's recent decision to relax campaign finance laws, it would be a difficult race but a powerful statement. Sanders stated that if he were to run, his platform would include tending to the disappearing middle class, universal healthcare and climate change.