Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Sanders had been dogged by controversy after women working on his 2016 campaign alleged they were harassed by male staffers, putting the politician in an awkward position in the #MeToo era. "I think it is unacceptable and un-American, to be frank with you, that we have a president who is a pathological liar and it gives me no pleasure to say that, but it's true".

In addition to vowing victory, Sanders said his campaign is going to "launch what I think is unprecedented in modern American history and that is a grassroots movement".

"We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who is doing what no president in our lifetimes has come close to do doing, and that is trying to divide us up", he added.

"The Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign offers us a much deeper and more sweeping vision of a humanistic society, in which great wealth and huge corporations will not only be strictly regulated - they'll also be compelled to serve the common good instead of the drive to maximize profits", Solomon said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 28, 2018. "Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice", Sanders wrote, according to the Associated Press.

Sanders is running against other notable candidates, such as New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, California Senator Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

'I always felt I would be running and winning against Bernie Sanders, not Crooked H, without cheating, I was right'.

The crowded field of liberals could make it harder for Sanders to engender the same level of ardent support he received during his 2016 campaign.

On the first day of his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders picked up the support of his fellow home-state senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy.

Two Democrats who endorsed him in 2016, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, and author Marianne Williamson, have themselves entered the race; a third, Senator Jeff Merkley is considering a bid.

For all his successes three years ago, 2020 will be a very different campaign cycle.

Jess McIntosh, a communications adviser to Clinton's 2016 campaign, focused on Sanders' contention on Vermont Public Radio that "we have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age".

Policy ideas Sanders wants to become law like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and tuition-free college are all vehemently opposed by Republicans.

But Sanders insisted his 2020 bid would not make the same mistakes: "We are going to have the strongest protocols to protect women and anybody else against any form of harassment".

His campaign will also have to address lingering anger between his supporters and supporters of Clinton, who blame Sanders's extended primary campaign for hurting her in the general election.

While Sanders is officially an Independent, he will be competing through the Democratic primary process.

  • Joey Payne