Socialist Bernie Sanders: ‘We Need a Political Revolution’

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Washington, DC

Vermont Senator and candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination Bernie Sanders didn’t mince words on ABC’s This Week.

“We need a political revolution in this country and I want to lead that effort,” he said.

Sanders, a socialist, also said people shouldn’t underestimate him, as highlighted in this Politico report.

Citing a history of surprising victories, Bernie Sanders said on Sunday the political world shouldn’t discount his chances of winning the presidency.“Don’t underestimate me,” the Vermont senator said on ABC’s “This Week.” His success in getting elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, to the U.S. House and to the Senate, he said, illustrates the appeal of a political style that observers have been to ready to write off in the past.

Sanders spoke well of Hillary Clinton, but his presence may force her hand on issues and pressure her from the Left.

In addition to trade, Sanders said inequality, tax avoidance by the rich and climate change were issues on which he would challenge Clinton.

”I respect her and I like her, but… maybe it’s a time for a real political shake-up in this country,” he said.