Mark Ruffalo thinks that Bernie Sanders is “the one.”
The actor in a recent interview with The Daily Beast surmised that the Independent Vermont senator might just give Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the 2016 presidential primary.
Ruffalo compared Sanders to Barack Obama, explaining that the 2016 presidential candidate’s “message” could get his Millennial fans excited enough to make the journey to the polls as Obama did to trump Hillary in 2008.
“I think Sanders has a message,” Ruffalo declared. “Hillary’s going to have to adopt Bernie’s message, and I think we’re going to be hearing a lot more from Bernie.”
When asked about Sanders’ effort to — unlike Clinton — crack down on Wall Street, Ruffalo responded enthusiastically, “He’s the one. And he’s been there, man. It’s going to be an interesting primary.”
While Clinton certainly still leads Sanders among liberal voters by a wide margin in national polls, Ruffalo might just have a point when it comes to voters in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. In those states, Sanders is nipping at the heels of the former secretary of state.
Meanwhile, the actor views the Republican field of presidential candidates — which has ticked up to 12 since Donald Trump announced his campaign — as a “clown show.”
“It’s incredible, the s–t that comes out of their mouths,” Ruffalo mused. “They’re going to drive off the cliff! They are, man. It’s out of control. There’s no even censoring it anymore. Americans don’t want billionaires running our government. They just don’t. And they’re sick of it. And they’re aware of it.”
Ruffalo also labeled current campaign finance law “un-American,” cited climate change as an issue that needs as much if not more screen time than ISIS in the mainstream media, and complained about the “corrosive nature of capitalism.”