Bernie Sanders, the longest serving independent in Congress, declares himself a 'Democrat' as he files paperwork to have his name included on the New Hampshire primary ballot. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Bernie Sanders made it official. The longest serving Independent in Congress officially declared himself a 'Democrat' on Thursday (November 05) in order to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot. After signing the necessary paperwork, the U.S. Senator from Vermont told reporters, "Well I am the longest serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress, that's how the people of Vermont sent me to Washington, I'm proud of that. I had to make a decision six months ago: Do I run as a Democrat? Or do I run as an Independent? And I made that decision. I am running as a Democrat obviously. I am a Democrat now." Sanders, who calls himself a "democratic socialist," is Clinton's main rival for the party's presidential nomination for the November 2016 election. Still, polls have shown that Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, has gained ground over Sanders recently. "We started off as the underdog, no if's, but's, maybe's about it. We are still the underdog. But I'm proud of the progress that we have made and I believe that we can win in Iowa. I believe we can win here in New Hampshire, and I believe we can win the Democratic nomination."