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VERMONT Senator Bernie Sanders launched his second bid for the US presidency today as he formally announced his intention to stand for the Democrat nomination.
I'm running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country. Say you're in: https://t.co/KOTx0WZqRf pic.twitter.com/T1TLH0rm26
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019
Mr Sanders will try and build on the movement that emerged during his last campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election, when he spoke to packed-out meetings across the country, his left views transforming him from fringe candidate to serious contender before losing out to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.
He starts with a higher profile and is seen as one of the frontrunners for the 2020 nomination, proving a popular figure among the party’s membership.
“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump. Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice,” Mr Sanders said in a message to supporters.
However, he faces tough competition, with a strong field including Hawaiian representative Tulsi Gabbard, who announced she was standing for the Democrat nomination in January.
Mr Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist. He has been criticised for supporting US intervention against the democratically elected government of Venezuela.
“We will win,” the Vermont senator vowed today.
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