MONTPELIER, VT — The “political revolution” is back. Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who went from relative no-name to formidable challenger in the 2016 Democratic primary, is running for president again, this time as a frontrunner. Sanders launched his 2020 campaign Tuesday morning.
“We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward,” the independent senator told Vermont Public Radio Tuesday morning.
Sanders brought back his familiar campaign themes, including health, economic, education, climate change and, of course, raising taxes on the richest people, in an email to supporters Tuesday morning, The New York Times reported.
“Three years ago, during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda we were told that our ideas were ‘radical’ and ‘extreme,'”said Sanders. “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,” he said.
Multiple polls show Sanders trails only former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 race. He’ll join an already crowded field of Democrats that includes Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar. Biden is also likely to run.
In case you forgot, Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist and an enthusiastic progressive. Among his most vocal stances is support for Medicare for All and free college tuition. He voted against the Iraq War — a fact he repeatedly hit Hillary Clinton with — and voted against the $700 billion bailout package for the big banks in 2008.
He earned more than 13 million votes in 2016 and dozens of primaries and caucuses.
“We’re gonna win,” Sanders, 77, told CBS.
But even though it’s only been two years since Sanders’s meteoric rise to household name, the landscape is different, particularly in the era of #MeToo. Some male staffers and supporters then were dubbed “Bernie bros” over their treatment of women. In the months leading up to his presidential announcement Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported on several allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity.
When the initial accusations came to light, Sanders apologized to CNN but noted he was “a little busy running around the country trying to make the case.”
When even more accusations surfaced, he gave a more forceful apology.
“What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign — or any campaign — should be about,” Sanders said last month. “Every woman in this country who goes to work today or tomorrow has the right to make sure that she is working in an environment which is free of harassment, which is safe and is comfortable, and I will do my best to make that happen.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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