In the weeks leading up to Election Day, there was plenty of speculation that Bernie Sanders was focusing in on becoming Joe Biden’s secretary of labor. There’s no need to speculate any further as Sanders has now confirmed those reports.
In an interview on CNN Wednesday night, Sanders told host Wolf Blitzer, “I want to do everything I can to protect the working families of this country who are under tremendous duress right now. Whether that’s in the Senate, whether that’s in the Biden administration, who knows—well, let’s see how that unfolds.” Blitzer than pressed Bernie further on whether that meant he would join a Biden administration as labor secretary. Sanders responded, “If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it? Yes, I would.”
Bernie and Biden recently came together to form a “Unity” task force designed to move the Democratic party further to the left. Sanders is technically an independent but describes himself as a “democratic socialist.”
Elizabeth Warren has also reportedly been eyeing a position within a potential Biden cabinet. Warren is apparently looking to become the treasury secretary, giving her plenty of influence over the economy.
A huge factor for both Senators, though, could come down to their appointments having an effect on the Senate. Both Sanders and Warren come from states that currently have Republican governors and there is no guarantee that a Democrat would replace them, especially when you consider that both states allow their governors to appoint the replacements until a special election for the seat can be held.
Looks like Joe may have some big decisions ahead of him.