WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders is again running for president, the Vermont Independent announced Tuesday.
“We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward,” Sanders told Vermont Public Radio.
Sanders, 77, is a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist. During the last presidential election cycle, he mounted a formidable primary challenge against the eventual-Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Sanders defeated Clinton in New Hampshire, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and a handful of other states.
Since that time many of the issues Sanders championed, such as “Medicare for All,” have been embraced by many mainstream Democrats, including several 2020 contenders.
Sanders is a staunch opponent of President Donald Trump. The senator has criticized the administration on issues related to health care, immigration and environmental policy.
The ever-growing Democratic field includes Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), former congressmen John Delaney (Md.) and Julian Castro (Texas), and best-selling author and spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson.
Prospective candidates are said to include former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
A recent Emerson College poll showed Biden leading the pack with 27 percent. Sanders came in second with 17 percent. Harris came in third with 15 percent. Warren came in fourth with 9 percent. O’Rourke came in fifth with 4 percent.
Recent polls show that the majority of Democrats prefer a presidential nominee who is female and/or a person of color.