(PresidentialWire.com)- A recent Politico report revealed that ultra-progressive Senator Bernie Sanders is angling to become Secretary of Labor if Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidential election.
Two people who are familiar with conversations told the news outlet of Sanders’ interest in the position. One of the sources told Politico:
“I can confirm he’s trying to figure out how to land that role or something like it. He, personally, does have an interest in it.”
Sanders wouldn’t confirm nor deny his interest in the position, saying on Wednesday:
“Right now, I am focused on seeing that Biden is elected president. That’s what my main focus is.”
Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ former campaign manager, said the senator hasn’t talked directly with anyone at Biden’s camp about a potential role in his administration. However, he did say Sanders wants to continue to push Biden “to include progressive voices” both in the transition period and his new administration, if he were to win the election.
“He’s 100% in Joe Biden’s court,” he said. “We’ve had a good working relationship with the Biden team, and I expect we’ll maintain that all the way through.”
A spokesperson representing Biden’s transition team, when asked about a potential role for Sanders, said they are “not making any personnel decisions pre-election.”
Sanders was once Biden’s biggest challenger for the Democratic nomination for president. Early on in the primary process, Sanders was even ahead. Eventually, Biden overtook Sanders, resulting in Sanders halting his bid for the nomination in the spring.
Since then, the Sanders team has worked diligently to partner with the Biden team. Sanders is seeking to inject some progressive views in Biden’s policies, to shift him further and further to the left.
The two came together to form coalitions of advisors to come up with ideas for policy decisions in a number of areas. Through this and other partnerships, Shakir said Sanders has had the ability to influence personnel and policy discussions with Biden’s transition staff. Shakir said:
“It would be great to have a unity government that takes into account that progressives are a pretty healthy portion of the electorate. Heeding that would be good, but if Joe Biden wins, he rightly has a mandate to move in whatever direction he chooses.”
Some would say that Biden has been moving further to the left ever since he clashed with Sanders in the primaries. After overcoming the Vermont senator, Biden knew it would be important to pander to Sanders’ followers if he wanted them to vote for him in November. That’s something Hillary Clinton was unable to do, which was one reason for her demise at the hands of President Donald Trump.
In addition to working directly with Sanders and his team to form policy outlines in major areas, Biden also chose California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate — another voice that is seen as progressive.
What this all adds up to is a presidential candidate who is trying to pose as a moderate, but who’s policies would most likely be very progressive and further to the left if he were elected.