Vermont's Independent Senator Bernie Sanders will decide by the end of April whether or not he will run for the U.S. presidency in the 2016 election, his spokesperson told the Burlington Free Press on Sunday.
As he weighs the decision, Sanders—who describes himself as a Democratic Socialist—is publicly challenging candidates to take on the pressing issues of inequality, poverty, and the erosion of democracy.
Sanders told the Burlington Free Press that all who are running, including Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, must directly address "the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that is crushing our middle class; high unemployment and low wages; the threat that global climate change presents to our future and the future of our children; and the fact that democracy itself is at risk because of the catastrophic decision of the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case."
Sanders also took to Twitter on Sunday to underscore this point:
Every candidate for president has got to answer one simple question: pic.twitter.com/q5PwzETD2q
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 12, 2015
In an interview with the Associated Press in December, Sanders said that if he were to run, it would not be a political game. "I don't want to do it unless I can do it well," he said. "I don't want to do it unless we can win this thing."