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Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic primary, has officially launched his 2020 presidential campaign.

 

“I am writing to let you know I have decided to run for president of the United States,” announced Sanders in an email to supporters Tuesday morning. “I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.”

 

In the statement, Sanders says that the campaign is not just about winning the nomination and presidency but “is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice. “ He also refers to president Trump as “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy,”

 

The 77-year-old senator gave Hillary Clinton an unexpected fight in the 2016 Democratic primary, winning 43 percent of the primary vote and over 20 contests. This announcement is coming earlier in the cycle than last time, when he declared on April 30, 2015.

 

Sanders faces a far different landscape than he did in 2016 when there were only a few other plausible candidates, most of whom dropped out of the race early, leaving him in a one-on-one contest with Clinton. Voters now have over a dozen options, many of whom who have adopted language and policies similar to Sanders’s 2016 platform, which featured a focus on income inequality and a “Medicare-for-all” program. There are also still open wounds for some Clinton supporters who hold Sanders responsible for her loss to Trump. Sanders has admitted that his age is a potential concern, as he would be 79 on Election Day 2020, the oldest ever by nine years.

 

But Sanders’s 2016 run also allows him a huge fundraising advantage in a splintered Democratic primary where many of the candidates have sworn off direct corporate donations. A New York Times analysis from earlier this month estimated that his list of 2.1 million online donors roughly equaled the total of every other Democratic hopeful combined. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas was second at 743,000, the only other candidate with over 350,000 donors. The Times analysis also found that Sanders donors were the most exclusive, with 87 percent giving only to him. In the 2016 cycle, Sanders raised $134 million in donations of $200 or less.

 

Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont and the runner-up in the 2016 Democratic primary, has officially launched his 2020 presidential campaign.

“I am writing to let you know I have decided to run for president of the United States,” announced Sanders in an email to supporters Tuesday morning. “I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.”

In the statement, Sanders says that the campaign is not just about winning the nomination and presidency but “is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice. “ He also refers to president Trump as “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy,”

The 77-year-old senator gave Hillary Clinton an unexpected fight in the 2016 Democratic primary, winning 43 percent of the primary vote and over 20 contests. This announcement is coming earlier in the cycle than last time, when he declared on April 30, 2015.

Sanders faces a far different landscape than he did in 2016 when there were only a few other plausible candidates, most of whom dropped out of the race early, leaving him in a one-on-one contest with Clinton. Voters now have over a dozen options, many of whom who have adopted language and policies similar to Sanders’s 2016 platform, which featured a focus on income inequality and a “Medicare-for-all” program. There are also still open wounds for some Clinton supporters who hold Sanders responsible for her loss to Trump. Sanders has admitted that his age is a potential concern, as he would be 79 on Election Day 2020, the oldest ever by nine years.

But Sanders’s 2016 run also allows him a huge fundraising advantage in a splintered Democratic primary where many of the candidates have sworn off direct corporate donations. A New York Times analysis from earlier this month estimated that his list of 2.1 million online donors roughly equaled the total of every other Democratic hopeful combined. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas was second at 743,000, the only other candidate with over 350,000 donors. The Times analysis also found that Sanders donors were the most exclusive, with 87 percent giving only to him. In the 2016 cycle, Sanders raised $134 million in donations of $200 or less.

 

Last month a source with direct knowledge of Sanders’s plans told Yahoo News he was emboldened by early polls of the race that have consistently shown him as one of the top candidates in a crowded Democratic primary field. In particular, the source said Sanders was heartened to see numbers indicating he was one of the leading candidates among African-American and Latino voters, two groups he was perceived as struggling with in 2016.

 

At this early stage, however, Sanders, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a run of his own, are likely benefiting from a name recognition advantage over lesser-known candidates.

 

In his announcement, Sanders framed his 2020 campaign as a completion of his 2016 run.

 

“Three years ago, during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda we were told that our ideas were ‘radical’ and ‘extreme,’” wrote Sanders. “We were told that Medicare for All, a $15 an hour minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges and universities, aggressively combating climate change, demanding that the wealthy start paying their fair share of taxes, were all concepts that the American people would never accept.”

 

“Well, three years have come and gone. And, as result of millions of Americans standing up and fighting back, all of these policies and more are now supported by a majority of Americans. Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the political revolution. Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for.”

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, king of the county said:

But do the blacks?

 

That's African American Citizens to you.   I'm surprised you didn't call them negroes. 

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3 minutes ago, DennisTheMenace said:

 

That's African American Citizens to you.   I'm surprised you didn't call them negroes. 

STFU YOU PUSSYBOY COWARD POS CHILD MOLESTER

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23 minutes ago, neue regel said:

The field will further be pushed leftward. This is getting interesting. 

I hope so.

 

A lot of people have #WalkAway from the dems...this will continue if the dems go total socialist like Bernie wants to.  

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I'd vote for Bernie.  He's not my first choice, but there isn't a Democrat alive that isn't ahead of Trump.  And I like Bernie's willingness to address our Big Money problem.  Somebody has to do it.

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I wonder if Hillary will run too?

 

I think this time Bernie wont do well, its not like in 2016 he faced Hillary, O'malley and a bunch of weak candidates where he stood out.

 

this time he has a challenge in the current field, and not to mention if Biden runs.

 

 

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Heterosexual cisgender white males have no place in the Democrat Party. Is the DNC going to rig the primaries against him again?

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7 minutes ago, splunch said:

I'd vote for Bernie.  He's not my first choice, but there isn't a Democrat alive that isn't ahead of Trump.  And I like Bernie's willingness to address our Big Money problem.  Somebody has to do it.

There isn't a Democrat running that can lay a glove on Trump. The economy is Stellar, we are reducing our foreign Adventures, things seem to be going great under Trump. I doubt people will throw all that away for a grab at communism.

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9 minutes ago, splunch said:

I'd vote for Bernie.  He's not my first choice, but there isn't a Democrat alive that isn't ahead of Trump.  And I like Bernie's willingness to address our Big Money problem.  Somebody has to do it.

:)  He's a great candidate who still has a strong base of support, especially up here in New England.

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1 minute ago, NeoConvict said:

There isn't a Democrat running that can lay a glove on Trump.

That's hilarious.  Most of the 2020 candidates could beat Trump today.  Had the DNC not put out a terrible candidate in 2016, we wouldn't have had Trump to begin with.

 

1 minute ago, NeoConvict said:

The economy is Stellar,

For those making millions, not for anyone else.

 

1 minute ago, NeoConvict said:

we are reducing our foreign Adventures,

We're alienating most of our European allies.

 

1 minute ago, NeoConvict said:

things seem to be going great under Trump.

Worst.  President.  Ever.

 

No one else comes even close.

 

1 minute ago, NeoConvict said:

I doubt people will throw all that away for a grab at communism.

Sounds like you could use a dictionary.

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Sanders has no chance of winning the nomination, and he knows it. 

 

What he’s doing is reminding the Dems that they cannot just count on the progressive wing. He’ll get some proposals into the platform, deliver the left wing, defeat tRump, and it’ll be a win. 

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4 minutes ago, RollingRock said:

That's hilarious.  Most of the 2020 candidates could beat Trump today.  Had the DNC not put out a terrible candidate in 2016, we wouldn't have had Trump to begin with.

 

For those making millions, not for anyone else.

 

We're alienating most of our European allies.

 

Worst.  President.  Ever.

 

No one else comes even close.

 

Sounds like you could use a dictionary.

How are you going to run a candidate that has promised more taxes, expanding the role of the government in just about every aspect of our lives and wants illegals to get Obamacare...?

He's an admitted socialist that's now a "democratic socialist" that won't address how we're paying for healthcare for all, free child care, free tuition for college and a new Green Deal that will put our government in control of energy and transportation....

 

 

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8 minutes ago, NeoConvict said:

There isn't a Democrat running that can lay a glove on Trump. The economy is Stellar, we are reducing our foreign Adventures, things seem to be going great under Trump. I doubt people will throw all that away for a grab at communism.

"Communism' ??/hahhahahahahahah

You done beat that dog to death many years ago! Trump too comfy with Russian Communists!

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Just now, neue regel said:

The field will further be pushed leftward. This is getting interesting. 

It's setting up a quite a war  among Dem candidates who will now have to cannibalize each others platforms in a way that has never been seen before .....not even in 2016.

Get the popcorn .....

Because I suspect there will be major in-fighting and a whole lot of  anti-socialist attack ads.

And that's even before the Repubs join the fray...

 

 

 

 

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Just now, NeoConvict said:

There isn't a Democrat running that can lay a glove on Trump. The economy is Stellar, we are reducing our foreign Adventures, things seem to be going great under Trump. I doubt people will throw all that away for a grab at communism.

Bernie just ensured a Trump victory by joining the fray...

The division of the Dem party just got even wider with Bernie's announcement.

And now the fun begins....

 

 

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Just now, RollingRock said:

That's hilarious.  Most of the 2020 candidates could beat Trump today.  Had the DNC not put out a terrible candidate in 2016, we wouldn't have had Trump to begin with.

 

For those making millions, not for anyone else.

 

We're alienating most of our European allies.

 

Worst.  President.  Ever.

 

No one else comes even close.

 

Sounds like you could use a dictionary.

Sure snowflake, please keep believing that...

While we sit back and watch the Dem party implode .

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Whitemajikman said:

It's setting up a quite a war  among Dem candidates who will now have to cannibalize each others platforms in a way that has never been seen before .....not even in 2016.

Get the popcorn .....

Because I suspect there will be major in-fighting and a whole lot of  anti-socialist attack ads.

And that's even before the Repubs join the fray...

 

yeppers, its going to be an interesting 2019  

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Just now, Z09 said:

How are you going to run a candidate that has promised more taxes, expanding the role of the government in just about every aspect of our lives and wants illegals to get Obamacare...?

He's an admitted socialist that's now a "democratic socialist" that won't address how we're paying for healthcare for all, free child care, free tuition for college and a new Green Deal that will put our government in control of energy and transportation....

 

 

 

Z, let him believe in his socialist Nirvana....

The fall will be epic.

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Whitemajikman said:

 

Z, let him believe in his socialist Nirvana....

The fall will be epic.

 

 

 

I've never seen so many candidates that just wants more and more spending and more government control...

 

Mrs. Santa Claus from NY wants to tax some of the wealthy 70% for her Green Deal..

And then go back and tax them more for college and healthcare...

 

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52 minutes ago, theLion said:

Sanders has no chance of winning the nomination, and he knows it. 

 

What he’s doing is reminding the Dems that they cannot just count on the progressive wing. He’ll get some proposals into the platform, deliver the left wing, defeat tRump, and it’ll be a win. 

He will force whomever wins the primarily to embrace socialist agenda items. This will make it so the winner of the primary will be too far left to win the general. It will also encourage certain moderate Democrats considering an independent run to get into the race.

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1 hour ago, Z09 said:

I've never seen so many candidates that just wants more and more spending and more government control...

 

Mrs. Santa Claus from NY wants to tax some of the wealthy 70% for her Green Deal..

And then go back and tax them more for college and healthcare...

That's better than a handful of billionaires purchasing 200-foot yachts and/or 40-room homes the Hamptons....

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