Bernie Sanders Joins 2020 Presidential Race

Sanders has continued to poll favorably among Americans since the 2016 election

Stephanie Keith via Getty Images Sanders has continued to poll favorably among Americans since the 2016 election

The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist unsuccessfully challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in 2016, and was widely credited for reshaping the party's politics and moving it to the left.

Sanders, of course, doesn't provide any evidence to back up his brutal description of Trump; instead, after denouncing the democratically elected president, whom almost half of the country now supports, he moves on to declaring that he's the right guy for the job because he is someone who can "bring us together". Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 that he is running for president in 2020.

"I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country", Senator Sanders said in an interview with Vermont Public Radio, where he first announced his bid.

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary will be the first time more than one woman has competed for the party's nomination. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Sen. In 2016, he notably struggled to garner support from black voters, an issue that could become particularly pervasive during a primary race that could include several non-white candidates.

Texas Democrat Beto O'Roarke, who nearly beat Republican Ted Cruz to win the Texas Senate a year ago, enjoys a similar level of support among young liberal voters as Bernie did while seeking the last nomination.

"I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country", the Vermont senator wrote.

"If you don't nominate Bernie Sanders he's not gonna run?"

"He's going to say, 'Bernie Sanders wants the United States to become Venezuela", Sanders told CBS.

Asked byCBS Newsin a separate interview that will air Tuesday what would be different in 2020 compared to 2016, Sanders said: "We're going to win". Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

The 77-year-old registered Independent who was the Dem party's runner-up in 2016, said he can not recall in modern history any other president who has gone out of his way to divide the American people based on where they were born, or the color of their skin, or their gender, as has the reality-TV star turned POTUS Trump.

Sanders was a former mayor of Burlington in Vermont.

There are also concerns about Sanders' age.

"What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign, or any campaign, should be about", he said in a January 10 statement. Though Sanders campaigned for Clinton in key states after his primary loss, he's still setting himself up as a foe of the political establishment on both sides of the aisle. There is also the question of whether influential progressives like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who volunteered on Sanders' 2016 campaign, and traveled with him during the midterms to campaign for progressive hopefuls, will offer their public support.

Sanders used his announcement to attack President Donald Trump, saying: 'We are living in a pivotal and risky moment in American history.

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