29 April 2015

Bernie Sanders (I-S-D-VT) to announce his presidential bid on Thursday

A Democratic source close to the senator confirmed to The Hill that Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in a statement later this week, before heading back to his home state for a campaign kick-off event early next month...
...The former secretary of State has a huge lead over the field of potential Democratic contenders, taking 62 percent support in the latest Fox News poll released last week.

Also being reported here:

VPR News has learned from several sources that Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday.

Sanders will release a short statement on that day and then hold a major campaign kickoff in Vermont in several weeks...
...Sanders' entry into the Democratic race ensures that Hillary Clinton will face a challenge to win the support of the liberal wing of the party.
Sanders' basic message will be that the middle class in America has been decimated in the past two decades while wealthy people and corporations have flourished.
His opposition to a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (T.P.P.) shows how he plans to frame this key issue of his campaign.

And here:

Just before 4:30 PM EST, Sanders sent this message out on his Twitter account:

Here is Bernie Sanders' WIKI:

Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist,[1][2] and has praised Scandinavian-style social democracy.[3][4]
Sanders runs for office as an independent but caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for purposes of committee assignments. He was the only independent member of the House during most of his service and is the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history. Starting in January 2015, Sanders became the Ranking Democratic Member on the Senate Budget Committee.[5]
In an interview with The Nation on March 6, 2014, Sanders stated that he is "prepared to run for President of the United States" in 2016.[6] On April 28, 2015, Sanders reportedly stated he would announce his bid for President of the United States on the upcoming Thursday.[7]

This means that Hillary Clinton is going to be primaried from the extreme Left. I suppose that you could possibly say that Bernie Sanders is to Hillary Clinton as Ted Cruz is to Jeb Bush.

The makes Sanders the 2nd or 3rd Democratic candidate in the race, for Lincoln Chafee already inofficially announced on CNN on April 16th.

Sanders has been named in some primary polling, and outside of Vermont, he is usually in the 3%-4% range. But that could change.

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