After failing once more to win the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is reportedly gunning for a key Cabinet position in the event that former Vice President Joe Biden ascends to the presidency.
According to Politico, two unnamed sources close to the long-serving independent senator—including a former aide—told the outlet Thursday evening that the self-identified democratic socialist is very interested in a position under a potential Biden administration, particularly leading the Department of Labor.
“I can confirm he’s trying to figure out how to land that role or something like it,” the source told Politico. “He, personally, does have an interest in it.”
The sources claim that Sanders has been angling for the job by reaching out to allies on the Biden transition team, one person familiar with the process told the outlet.
Sanders, however, refused to confirm or deny his interest in any Cabinet position in a statement to Politico.
“Right now I am focused on seeing that Biden is elected president,” Sanders said. “That’s what my main focus is.”
A spokesperson for Biden’s transition team told Politico that they are “not making any personnel decisions pre-election.”
Politico adds that Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ former campaign manager claimed that Sanders has not talked directly with anyone on the Biden campaign about a future role. He does, however, plan to urge Biden to “include progressive voices” in his administration if he wins in November.
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