Angus King Says He Still Won’t Join Democratic Party


Sen. Angus King (I., Maine) said on Tuesday that he still will not join the Democratic Party and will only caucus with Democrats in the Senate.

King, one of the Senate's two independents, was asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about a resolution before the Democratic National Committee (DNC) which calls on King and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) to join the Democratic Party they caucus with and usually vote in line with.

"Are you ready to declare that you're a Democrat and accept this resolution that is coming up for a vote at the DNC?" Blitzer asked.

"No, I've been an independent since the early '90s," King said. "I was a governor as an independent, that's who I am."

"I caucus with the Democrats, you have to choose one caucus or the other, it's worked out," King said. "I more often vote with the Democrats, but not always. I like to call 'em as I see 'em, and that's where I'm going to stay."

Blitzer noted that Sanders still has yet to announce his decision if he'll become a Democrat formally. Sanders did run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 but lost to Hillary Clinton.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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