Republican Sen. Ben Sasse: I ‘Regularly Consider’ Switching From Republican To Independent; Neither Party Has ‘A Long-Term Vision’

On Sunday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) appeared on CNN’s "State of the Union" and slammed both major political parties during an exchange with host Jake Tapper.

Tapper began by asking about a recent tweet from Sasse: "I have to start – yesterday, you retweeted someone who said that they switched their party registration from 'Democrat' to 'no party,' and you replied by saying you 'regularly consider' switching from the Republican Party to becoming an independent as well."

Tapper showed the tweet on-screen, then asked: "Why, and what’s stopping you from doing so?"

Sasse replied:

Yeah, so I'm one of about eight people in the U.S. Senate who's never been a politician before, and I think I've been saying for three years that I conceive of myself as an independent conservative who caucuses with the Republicans – but frankly, neither of these parties have a long-term vision for the future of the country.

You know, ten years from now, where are we going to be in the future of work when young people are disrupted out of jobs three times a decade? Future [of] war and cyber? The collapse of community? There's massive stuff happening in America and these parties are really pretty content to do 24-hour news cycles screaming at each other. The main thing that the Democrats are for is being anti-Republican and anti-Trump, and the main thing Republicans are for is being anti-Democrat and anti-CNN.

Neither of these things are really worth getting out of bed in the morning for. I think we should be talking about where the country is gonna be in ten years. So, I've been saying for a long time that these parties need to reform and have a future-focused vision and we're not there yet.


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