BY TOM O'CONNOR @SHAOLINTOM ON 02/15/17 AT 9:51 AM
Sen. Bernie Sanders dismissed Sunday a campaign attempting to persuade the influential Vermont lawmaker to establish his own left-wing political party reflecting his supporters who have rejected the ideals of Republicans and Democrats.
The initiative, called Draft Bernie for a People's Party, was conceived Thursday by supporters and former staffers of Sanders. It had received over 14,400 signatures nearly a week later. The campaign's official website contained a two-tier plan to challenge both Democrats and Republicans in districts throughout the country by 2018 and a presidential campaign in 2020, based on a "21st-century progressive national consensus." Sanders responded, however, by saying he would prefer his supporters focus on revising the Democratic Party.
"Right now I am working to bring fundamental reform to the Democratic Party, to open the doors of the Democratic Party to working people, to lower-income people, to young people who have not felt welcome in the embrace of the Democratic Party, " Sanders said in an interview with NBC News' Meet the Press.
What's Next For Bernie Sanders? Vermont Senator Rejects 'People's Party' Campaign, Calls For Democratic Party Reform