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Friday, October 28, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is set to announce his presidential campaign this Thursday, Vermont Public Radio reports, with the independent senator seeking the Democratic nomination.

A self-identified democratic socialist, Sanders will run on a populist message highlighting the difficulties of the middle class, in comparison to the power of the wealthy and large corporations. He has also publicly called out other candidates, including Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, with his opposition to proposed trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Sanders served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, during the 1980s, before he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990, running as an independent. He then joined the Democratic caucus in Washington, and has since continued to have the party’s support. He was easily elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, and re-elected in 2012.

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  • Xenophon

    Maybe this year?

  • Dominick Vila

    Nice guy, but too far to the left for me. Extreme ideology appeals to those on the far right or left, but it is inconsistent with the beliefs of mainstream Americans, preclude cooperation and bipartisan support, and seldom produce positive results. I plan to vote for a centrist with the qualifications to be President and with a vision that includes proposals on how to improve our economy, create jobs, improve our quality of life, and strengthen our national security.

    • FireBaron

      I agree. I have to wonder, though, if he really intends to pursue the presidential nomination, of if his presence is designed to keep Hillary at the top of her game. When she was the only one with a dog in the fight, she could say what she wanted and how she wanted it. Now that Bernie and Martin O’Malley have added their voices (to be joined by Senator Webb?) Hillary will be forced to take real positions, instead of mouthing platitudes and acting like the anointed heir to the throne.

      • Dominick Vila

        We just saw some evidence of that, when Hillary took an unambiguous position on police abuse and race relations in the USA. I don’t think Sanders, O’Malley, or Webb have a chance at the nomination. Their decision to run may have more to do with the need to demonstrate a variety of views or solutions, and positioning for the Number 2 spot on the ticket, than winning the nomination.
        I would not be surprised if Hillary chooses someone from a different geographic area as a running mate.

  • The Merchant

    For some reason, liberals really seem to hate this country.

    • FireBaron

      Yeah, can you imagine that. Someone who actually wants to see people get what they have earned, and not see it stolen away. I cannot imagine someone who hates the country more than that. Just think, his fighting for veterans benefits (as opposed to the Republicans who never served and who want to cut those benefits), fighting for kids to have decent nutrition, fighting for folks to have access (instead of lip service) to medical treatment. Damn country hater!