Bernie Sanders announces his candidacy for president in 2020

Matthew Drachman, Assistant editor

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On February 19th of this year, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced his candidacy for President of The United States.  


The independent candidate from Vermont was on Democratic ticket back in 2016; however, he failed to secure the nomination of the party, losing to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This was highly controversial at the time, some believing that the party had rigged the vote.


In his announcement video, Senator Sanders blasted President Trump, saying that he was the “most dangerous president in modern American history.” He later goes on to say within the video that his campaign was all about “transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.”


Within 24 hours of announcing for president, Senator Sanders had raised nearly 6 million dollars for his campaign, all of which came from small donors.


Senator Sanders has joined the long list of names of candidates that the Democratic party has put forward to run against President Trump in 2020. So far, since his announcement, Senator Sanders has lead in many polls against his other rivals.


Many say that Senator Sanders’ greatest weapon is his appeal among young people. RHS sophomore Anna Wrigley stated, “Bernie Sanders is the best candidate by far.” She went on to say, “I agree with his message that he has for the country, and I think he is the best choice.”


The President’s re-election campaign was quick to respond to the senators announcement. The National Press Secretary of the President’s campaign, Kayleigh McEnany, stated, “Bernie Sanders has already won the debate in the Democratic primary, because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism.”  


It will be interesting to see how the senator will perform in the campaign in the coming months and year.