Paul Steinhauser: Weekend at Bernie (Sanders') house party
CONCORD - Sen. Bernie Sanders is coming back to New Hampshire.
The independent senator from Vermont, who says he's seriously considering a White House run, will headline a house party at the Concord home of longtime Democratic activist and radio talk show host Arne Arnesen. An aide says the senator's expected to "discuss his twelve-point Economic Agenda for America, income and wealth inequality and challenges facing working Americans."
On a nationwide call last week with some 1,800 progressive activists, Sanders said he hasn't decided yet on whether he'd run for the Democratic presidential primary or if he'd make a bid for the White House as an independent. But Sanders added that if he did indeed launch a campaign, he wouldn't do to just to be a "spoiler."
Sanders has said he'll decide on a White House bid by March. He made numerous trips this past autumn to the first-in-the-nation primary state. If Sanders does run for the Democratic nomination, he'd be considered a longshot against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who seems all but certain to launch her second campaign for the White House.
Arnesen, who said she's known Sanders for over three decades, told NH1 that "he has never, I repeat never, forgotten that working folks are the building blocks of America and if our country is floundering today with under employment, stagnant wages, and a yawning gap between the rich and the rest of us, it is because too many politicians changed their allegiance when they got to Washington."
"My home will always be open and available to leaders that can't be bought sadly they are hard to find these days, but I'm always keeping my eye out," added Arnesen.