U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive populist who mounted a fierce challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House campaign, said on Tuesday he would again seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020. Yahaira Jacquez reports.
The Vermont Senator, an independent, made the announcement Tuesday – saying his 2020 campaign is part of a larger movement.
“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump…Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”
But Sanders is entering a very different race this time around.
First of all, it’s much more crowded.
He faces a field populated with progressive liberals, like Elizabeth Warren, touting some of the same ideas he brought into the mainstream.
Also, he won’t be an underdog.
Sanders has been among the leaders in opinion polls among 2020 candidates.
But this race, won’t come without challenges.
Sanders is likely to face questions about his age and relevance in a party increasingly advancing more diverse and fresh voices.
Including those of women and minorities – groups Sanders struggled to win over in 2016.