By Samantha Lachman in the USA:
Bernie Sanders Announces He Is Running For President In 2016
Posted: 04/29/2015 8:14 pm EDT
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I[ndependent]-Vt.) announced on Wednesday that he’ll run for president of the United States in 2016.
“I am running for president,” Sanders told The Associated Press. “People should not underestimate me… I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”
Sanders will make a more formal announcement about his presidential campaign on Thursday.
Sanders is the first official challenger for the Democratic nomination to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who announced her candidacy earlier this month.
Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” has been hinting that he would seek the White House for nearly two years. …
Sanders, who has also characterized himself as “an independent Democrat,” has expressed discomfort with the party, saying that it relies too heavily on “big-money interests” and doesn’t adequately distinguish itself from the Republicans. But he has noted the “dilemma” of running for president outside the traditional two-party structure and the challenges of building an independent grassroots movement to do so.
Late last year, he visited Iowa, which will host the first party caucuses in 2016, to test enthusiasm for his candidacy.
Sanders has argued that the country deserves a real debate about policy issues, suggesting that such a conversation won’t happen without a contested nomination process. “There’s so much to be discussed, Ed, and we’re not in this country about anointing anybody for a nomination,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz last year.
In the Senate, Sanders has focused on a range of issues, from reforming health care for veterans to addressing the threat posed by climate change. He has also been a strong advocate for a universal, single-payer health care plan nationwide, though the plan for such a system in his home state was recently dropped.
From the Washington Post (in 2006, when Sanders was still a congressman, not yet a senator):
The 65-year-old known to voters simply as “Bernie” is Vermont’s lone congressman, a six-term independent with a photo of Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1912, on his congressional wall. He’s perhaps the most popular pol in the state and there’s nothing northern New England about him. Sanders was born in Brooklyn, raised by Jewish parents from Poland. His father’s family perished in the Holocaust. He chews on each syllable in an accent as Flatbush-inflected as the day he wandered north four decades ago.
More than 5,000 people attended a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the University of Denver Saturday night. The rally was the largest since Sanders launched his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination, following a rally of 3,000 people last month in Minneapolis and a week-long series of rallies across Iowa, drawing 500 people at Waterloo and 700 at Drake University in Des Moines: here.
BERNIE SANDERS: ENDING CORPORATE GREED “We have got to demand that corporations stop manipulating their shares to reward their executives and billionaire shareholders through the use of stock buybacks. We also must do a lot more to rebuild the middle class, check corporate greed and make our economy work again for working families.” [HuffPost]
BERNIE SANDERS DRAWS A CROWD The presidential candidate drew 10,000 folks to a Madison, Wisconsin rally, one of the largest crowds of the presidential season so far. [Mollie Reilly, HuffPost]
More than 10,000 people filled an arena in Madison, Wisconsin Wednesday night to hear Senator Bernie Sanders, the biggest rally held by any candidate so far in the 2016 US presidential campaign: here.
More than 100,000 people nationwide have attended campaign rallies for Bernie Sanders, the self-described “socialist” running for the Democratic presidential nomination, over the past few weeks, by far the largest crowds of any candidate in the 2016 presidential race: here.
Seattle City Councilperson and Socialist Alternative leader Kshama Sawant appeared at a Democratic Party campaign rally August 8 featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders, who caucuses as a Senate Democrat, is campaigning to become the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2016 general election. Sanders and Sawant were also joined on the platform by a series of Democratic state and federal lawmakers and trade union bureaucrats: here.