Bernie Sanders announces that he's running for President of the United States again
Senator Bernie Sanders has announced that he is running for President of the United States again.
Sanders, a senator for the state of Vermont, failed in his Democratic primary bid during the 2016 election — losing out to Hillary Clinton, who was eventually beaten by Donald Trump.
Today, he announced that he would be trying to topple Trump in 2020. Speaking on Vermont Public Radio, Sanders said: "Three years ago, during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda we were told that our ideas were ‘radical’ and ‘extreme.'
"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."
Throughout the 2016 primary, Sanders went from a relative unknown to a political figure known the world over for his support of free healthcare, free college tuition and other social-democratic policies.
While Sanders is officially an Independent, he will be competing through the Democratic primary process.
The 77-year-old, who would be 79 by the time of his inauguration, has joined a very crowded field of possible nominees, including Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Other less well-known politicians include Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg and John Delaney (no, not that one).
The field is expected to grow even further, with other big names like Joe Biden considering a bid for the highest office in the world. Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke — who endured chants of go back to Ireland when he tried to take Sen. Ted Cruz's seat — is also mulling over a tilt at the Oval Office.
The Democratic primary elections officially begin on 3 February next year, with the Iowa caucus.