On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that he would accept the position of labor secretary in Joe Biden’s administration if he is asked.
“I want to do everything I can to protect the working families of this country who are under tremendous duress right now and whether that is in the Senate, whether that’s in the Biden administration, who knows? Let’s see how that unfolds,” Sanders said when he was asked if he was eyeing a position in Biden’s Cabinet during a CNN interview.
Sanders was also asked specifically if he would accept the role of labor secretary.
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“If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it?” Sanders said. “Yes, I would.”
According to The Hill, “progressives are pushing for Biden to pick Sanders, who caucuses with Senate Democrats, for a Cabinet position as they try to get the incoming administration to embrace policies pushed by the party’s left flank.”
Sanders has accumulated a large following during his 2016 and 2020 presidential bids. These bids may have been unsuccessful, but they helped him move the Democratic Party further to the left.
It is still unclear whether Biden would pick Sanders. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez are also seen as potential contenders.