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Sanders commented in The Nation in March 2014 that he was “prepared to run for President” in 2016.[1][2]

“This country today faces more serious problems than in any time since the Great Depression. If you throw in the huge issue of climate change and the survival of the planet, you could argue that this is one of the most pivotal moments in the history of our country. What we need in a presidential campaign and what we need in politics in general is a serious debate about the serious issues facing America and the world. And I do not believe for one moment that I’m the only person who can raise the issues, but I think these are issues that have to be raised and if other people are not prepared to talk about the most important issues, I’m certainly prepared to do that,” Sanders said in an interview with Vermont Public Radio.[1]

When asked about Hillary Clinton in an August 2014 interview with Yahoo News, Sanders said, "I’m not quite sure that the political process is one in which we anoint people.”[3]

Sanders also told Yahoo News that he does "not wake up every morning with a burning desire to be president of the United States. And I think anybody who does should be immediately suspected as probably totally crazy.”[3]