Published: Wed, February 20, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bernie Sanders enters race for 2020 presidential campaign

Bernie Sanders enters race for 2020 presidential campaign

"We can live in a country where every person has health care as a right, not a privilege", Senator Sanders said on the trail, words he repeated in Tuesday's presidential announcement.

The senator calls for 1 million volunteers to join his campaign to help him supposedly bring about social and economic justice and end racism, sexism, bigotry, and everything else he says Trump embodies.

In the 2020 campaign cycle, Sanders can expect to confront some of the same hurdles that hindered his 2016 campaign, including his struggle to galvanize minority voters and his insistence on identifying as an independent and not as a Democrat.

Though not unexpected - with speculation rife in recent days and weeks about making his decision known - Sanders' status as the former candidate who won a number of state primaries and caucuses in 2016 and still the most popular elected lawmaker in the country, according tomany polls, puts him ina strong position as the crowded Democratic fieldcomes into further focus.

Nonetheless, he won more than 13 million votes and consistently trounced Mrs Clinton among voters under 30. He opens his campaign with a nationwide organization and a proven small-dollar fundraising effort.

"We're gonna win", Mr Sanders told CBS.

He said he was going to launch "what I think is unprecedented in modern American history": a grassroots movement "to lay the groundwork for transforming the economic and political life of this country".

Sanders ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016, but ultimately lost to Hillary Clinton. His challenge this time, however, will be standing out in a field of candidates who largely have adopted the big-government policies he championed three years ago. "All of those ideas and many more are now part of the political mainstream", he said. "He had his moment and 2020 may not be his moment", said Ron Abramson, a New Hampshire immigration lawyer and a Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic nominating convention who now is undecided. But he won't have the state to himself.

"If there's somebody else who appears who can, for whatever reason, do a better job than me, I'll work my ass off to elect him or her", he told NY magazine.

"I will be very honest in telling you that in retrospect, some of the people who were hired should not have been hired".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of nearby MA will be in New Hampshire on Friday.

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The self-described Democratic socialist gave an outline Tuesday of how he will campaign.

"I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first", Sanders said on Vermont Public Radio. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker.

"And together we can defeat Donald Trump and fix the damage he has done to our country".

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.

Sanders is the sixth senator competing in the primary.

Sanders also faces different pressures in the #MeToo era.

In January, he was forced to publicly confront allegations of sexual harassment by staffers on his 2016 campaign.

Already the house organ of the Democrat Party, the New York Times, is fretting.

Sanders confirmed his plans in an interview aired on Vermont Public Radio on Monday.

This time around, Sanders won't be the only progressive in the race either.

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