Bernie Sanders to Stephen Colbert: I'm here to 'frighten the billionaire class'
Bernie Sanders (Screen capture)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared on Monday night's Colbert Report, where he discussed his possible third party run for the White House and whether or not he is a "frightening" presence in Washington.


Colbert asked Sanders what it's like to be the first self-proclaimed socialist ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

"That's the bogeyman of Washington," Colbert said, "Do you frighten people when you walk around the Capitol? Are they afraid you're going to take away their tractor and give it to the whole village?"

"Hopefully," Sanders said, "we frighten the billionaire class. Hopefully, we frighten the insurance companies, because we are the only major country on Earth that doesn't have a health care system guaranteeing health care to all people."

Colbert asked if the nation hadn't rejected liberal philosophy in the 2014 elections, when a "red tide" swept over the country in the form of decisive Republican victories.

"About 64 percent of the American rejected the two-party system," said Sanders. "They rejected Washington as it now functions. They rejected a political system and a Congress which spends more time representing the wealthy and the powerful more than ordinary Americans."

In the second part of the interview, Colbert asked Sanders if he intends to make an independent run for president in 2016.

"The news is that I'm thinking about running for president," Sanders said, adding that first he has to ascertain whether the electoral will exists in the country to "take on the billionaire class."

Watch the video, embedded below in two parts via Comedy Central:

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