Bernie Sanders announces that he's running for President in 2020
Bernie Sanders has officially entered the 2020 race for the White House.
After months of speculation, the Vermont Senator announced today that he is running for president once again. This is his second consecutive bid for the Democratic nomination, after losing out to Hillary Clinton back in 2016.
In an email to his supporters on Tuesday morning, Sanders wrote that his 2016 campaign "began the political revolution", and it was time to finish it.
"Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the political revolution," he wrote. "Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for."
The 77-year-old added he believed that with his progressive ideas he could beat out President Donald Trump, who he named "the most dangerous president in modern American history," as well as a "pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."
"Three years ago, during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda we were told that our ideas were 'radical' and 'extreme'," he wrote. "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."
On Vermont Public Radio today, he added: "What I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of -- our belief in justice, in community, in grassroots politics and town meetings -- that's what I'm going to carry all over this country."
The American politician, who won 23 primaries and caucuses and approximately 43 per cent of pledged delegates to Hillary Clinton's 55 per cent in 2016, faces competition from a number of other Democrats.
Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker and several others have also announced their intention to run for president in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.