Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made his case on Thursday as to why he should serve as Labor Secretary in a potential Biden administration – calling it a “very attractive position” to him.
Sanders, during an interview on CNN, said he wants to “do everything [he] can to protect working families in the country who in many ways are living in terrible desperation right now.”
“And if I can do that in the Senate, that’s great,” he said. “If I can do it within the Biden administration, that’s great as well.”
Sanders was then questioned on whether he had a preference.
“I think something like secretary of Labor would be a very attractive position,” Sanders said. “It would give me the opportunity to fight to raise the minimum wage, to a living wage, equal pay for equal work for women, it would give me the opportunity to make sure that workers who are entitled to overtime pay get that overtime pay.”
Sanders went on to add that he would ensure “workers get pensions that have been taken away from them,” and would “help workers organize into unions, so they can earn decent wages through collective bargaining, et cetera, et cetera.”
“There is a lot of work to be done in the Department of Labor,” Sanders said.
But these are just Sanders’ latest comments as the socialist senator has been pushing hard to join a would-be Biden administration.
Just last week, Sanders responded to a question about whether he would accept the role of Labor secretary by saying: “If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it? Yes, I would.”
Sanders has run for the Democratic presidential nomination in both 2016 and 2020, but come up short in both attempts.
During his race against Biden, Sanders was routinely critical of Biden’s policy record on the campaign trail, but after making a deal with the party, he did ultimately endorse the former vice president in his race against President Trump.
The price of that endorsement for the Democrats – a greater socialist influence on any potential Biden administration.
But Sanders may not have a free and clear path to the position as it appears that Rep. Andy Levin – who received an endorsement from the United Auto Workers International Union last week – may also have his eyes on the post.
Last week, president of UAW Rory L. Gamble wrote to Biden and his transition team urging them to consider Levin for Labor secretary.
“I believe it is essential to bring into your cabinet someone from the labor movement with impeccable credentials, whose advice and counsel you can trust and who will help you to meet this moment with vision, passion, and experience born of decades of work in the trenches of workers’ issues,” he continued. “Andy Levin is precisely this person.”
“I appreciate that there are many fine economists and state and federal officials who could serve a President Biden ably as Secretary of Labor,” Gamble wrote. “The question is whether we want someone who can just administer programs capably, or whether we need something more.”
He added: “The labor movement has not seen one of its own serve as Secretary of Labor in modern times. Andy will be a transformative leader in the U.S. Department of Labor when we need it most.”
Biden has not signaled which of the two he would prefer, but as mentioned earlier, the Democrats owe the far-left wing of the party big time, and that debt may be too hard for them to overlook.
Of course, none of this will matter if President Trump and his campaign’s legal team are successful in proving that Joe Biden and the Democrats rigged the election in their favor – revealing that Donald Trump was the true victor of the 2020 presidential race.