VT Senator Bernie Sanders test the waters in NH

By Christine Souders | csouders@nexstar.tv

Published 04/12 2014 07:55PM

Updated 04/12 2014 07:59PM

MANCHESTER, NH- The Presidential Election is still two years away, but one of Vermont's Senators has already started to test the waters in the first presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

Senator Bernie Sanders has not confirmed that he will run for president, but he hasn't ruled it out either.

"I've got to get a sense of where people are coming from throughout the country, and NH is a very important part of that process," said Senator Bernie Sanders, (I) Vermont.

Saturday, he stopped in New Hampshire to Saint Anslem College for a town meeting.

He shared his ideas with a crowded auditorium talking about the economy and saving the middle class.

We talked with UVM Political Science Professor Garrison Nelson to see what he thinks of Sanders latest move, "He's clearly testing the water. I think he wants to provide a voice on the left side of the spectrum. As a sitting united States Senator, as a former congressman, as a former mayor he has credibility that a lot of prior lefy candidates did not have."

Sanders next stop is South Carolina.

He's scheduled to speak there at the end of the month.

Nelson said what happens there will reveal his next move, so eventually if Sanders heads to Iowa, he'll likely throw his hat into the ring and run for president.

As for his senate seat, Nelson said Sanders could run for president without having to give up his seat.

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