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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton in 2016, has announced that he will be running for president in 2020.

“Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the political revolution. Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for,” he announced on Vermont Public Radio Tuesday.

Sanders is currently 77 years old, but would be 79 by the time of the 2020 election. Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) was criticized for being “too old” when he ran against incumbent President Bill Clinton in 1996. At the time, Dole was 73.

Sanders, an avowed democratic socialist, ran for the U.S. Senate as an independent but switched parties for the 2016 election. He left the Democratic Party after losing the primary but will now presumably rejoin it to run again.

“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,” Sanders said in his video announcement. “It is not only about winning the Democratic nomination and the general election. Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.”

He pledged that his campaign would “take on” Wall Street, the fossil fuel industry, large multinational corporations, and the “military industrial complex.” He also spoke out against “wealth inequality,” a common theme throughout his political career.

Sanders ran in the 2016 Democratic primary against former Secretary of State HIllary Clinton. He managed to win 1,894 delegates, keeping Hillary from clinching the nomination before the convention (although she would win it by a sizeable margin at the convention).

One quirk of the Democratic primary system that may have given Clinton an edge was the party’s use of superdelegates. These delegates aren’t tied to a state, but can vote for either candidates. While Hillary was also ahead of Sanders with non-superdelegate delegates (2,205 to 1,983), Sanders supporters argued that the early support of the superdelegates gave Hillary a boost during the campaign.

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  1. MissD

    February 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Friggin old fart ! Won’t live long enough to see that day ! We will NEVER be a socialist country ! Trump 2020!!!!!!!!

  2. Al

    February 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Communist Bernie is a very sick, dangerous old goat.

  3. Jen Gleason

    February 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Don’t do it my American friends.
    Up here in Canada we have a socialist ruler and he’s ruining our country to no ends.
    Socialism is a disease.

  4. Michael

    February 19, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    God help us and protect us from this loon and his supporters. Trump 20201

  5. Mary Johnson

    February 19, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    would appear that the summer home was not enough for him. Looking for more pay out.

  6. Ahzz

    February 19, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Not a chance! You lousy, loony, old “COMMIE KOOK!
    Like Pres. Trump said, “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN IN AMERICA!”
    We The People will see to that!
    Trump/Pense 2020 ~ Keeping American Great Again”

  7. Ginny

    February 19, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    This Communist Socialist Movement was started by
    Madman George Soros many years ago, with lots of help from The Clinton’s & Obama. Think about it, Clinton’s have been in government power for close to 30 yrs.,
    2016 was the year Socialist thought they had done enough changes in America to publically start pushing this.
    Read the Democrat Socialist Website and you will be more informed as to what this Nazi Movement is trying to do.
    They hate Pres. Trump because he interpreted their plans! Now we know more of what this dangerous movement has been doing behind the scenes

  8. abolishliberals

    February 19, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    yeah yeah yeah old man…. have fun dropping dead on the campaign trail… whats this guy like 140 or so years old? What a total D-bag! I guess he feels like he’s got a chance now that Hillary and her lap dog Wasserman-Shultz are gone!

  9. Ed

    February 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I can barely imagine what’s going on in these folks’ minds. It seems like they really believe this socialist, “everybody’s equal because we’ll force them to be” crap actually works. I suspect they envision themselves to be the ones running it all, so they’re the ones who get everything.

  10. Ahzz

    February 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm


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