In presidential bid, Sanders warns not to underestimate him

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Bernie Sanders Announces Campaign for President.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Sen. So daunting is her lead that potential big-name adversaries – most notably vice-president Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren – have signalled they will remain on the sidelines.Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a registered independent and self-described socialist who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, has made a name for himself in Congress attacking the financial industry and “the billionaire class.” Though he is considered unlikely to mount a serious challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton, his positions on major issues could help push her to address the concerns of more left-leaning voters. In need of a quarterback, will the Bucs select Jameis Winston, the former Florida State star quarterback who has been involved in several off-the-field incidents, or will they take Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon? Here’s what you need to know about Bernie Sanders, the 73-year-old Senator from Vermont who will today announce he is running for president: His supporters when he ran for mayor of Burlington, Vermont called themselves Sanderistas (after the Sandinista revolutionaries in Nicaragua), and he has a portrait of Eugene Debs, the union leader who ran five times for the US presidency as a Socialist, on the wall of his Senate office. “What it means is that we have a lot to learn from democratic socialist governments that have existed in counties like Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway” he said, “where all people have healthcare as a right, where higher education is free, where they don’t have the massive type of income and wealth inequality that we have in the United States of America.” Ben Cohen (R) and Jerry Greenfield at their first store in Burlington, Vermont in 1980, the year before Sanders was elected mayor.

Photo: the Boston Globe/Getty images No word on whether Ben and Jerry would go so far as to name an ice cream flavour after Mr Sanders, as they have done for satirist Stephen Colbert and the band Phish among others. “I stood up, said a few words. Sanders starts with the support of some of the most liberal activists in the Democratic Party, the sort of progressives who favored Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio in his quixotic presidential bids.

He says the fight against the Islamic State should be undertaken by countries like Saudi Arabia, which borders Iraq and, he argues, has the financial and military resources to fight the extremist group. He’s the longest-serving Independent in Congressional history, and has accused both major parties of being the pawns of Wall St and not offering real change. Sanders’s bid is considered a longshot, but his unflinching commitment to stances popular with the left — such as opposing foreign military interventions and reining in big banks — could force Mrs. But the Vermont senator, who told USA TODAY Wednesday that he will announce his candidacy Thursday, poses some significant political perils for Hillary Clinton. Mr Sanders has said that Hillary Clinton is “not one of the more active members” in the longed-for progressive revolution, a revolution he believes America sorely needs.

Sanders will need to expand his reach beyond a heavily white, college-town demographic to other elements of the Democratic coalition, notably African-Americans. Clinton to address these issues more deeply. “I think it is time for the American people to say enough is enough,” he said in an interview. “We need an economy that works for all of us and not just for a handful of billionaires.” Mr.

Sanders plans to hold a formal campaign kickoff on May 26 in Burlington, Vt., where he was once mayor, according to a campaign adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before Mr. An independent, he caucuses with Senate Democrats and is likely to attract some interest from voters who have unsuccessfully sought to draft Massachusetts Sen. He supports stringent measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including tough standards for new vehicles, as well as some more politically unorthodox ideas, like providing money to study carbon sequestration, or storing carbon dioxide, to delay global warming. Sanders could find similar support in New Hampshire, particularly along the western spine of the state, home to many of the state’s most liberal voters.

But he rejected the idea that his appeal is limited to voters on the left, boldly predicting that his message would appeal to independents and Republicans. Sanders fails to win much more than 10 percent of support from the caucusgoers and voters in those first two states, whose electorates are overwhelmingly white, he will have a hard time remaining viable when the race turns to South Carolina, where blacks can make up more than half of the primary electorate. He touched on his past opposition to free-trade agreements, his support for heavier regulations of Wall Street and the nation’s banking industry, and his vote against the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a preview of his campaign. “So to me, the question is whose views come closer to representing the vast majority of working people in this country,” he said. “And you know what?

Tesla rarely disappoints when it comes to fanfare, even if the subject of the announcement doesn’t exactly light up investors or owners of its electric cars. He said he has known the former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state for more than two decades. “I respect her and like her,” he said.

Forty years after the city — then called Saigon and the capital of South Vietnam — fell to northern communists on April 30, 1975, locals still offer different perspectives on why the war was fought. But he has also called for reining in the guest-worker program that provides many businesses with low-wage immigrant labor, saying it fuels youth unemployment. He noted he has “never run a negative ad in my life,” but still drew a distinction with Clinton, promising to talk “very strongly about the need not to get involved in perpetual warfare in the Middle East.” Clinton is hosting a series of fundraisers this week, starting what could be an effort that raises more than $1 billion. Journalist and author Huy Duc says “people who were sent from the North believed that they fought against the invading Americans and were liberating the South.

And many people from the South … believe it was a civil war, that the South was invaded by the North.” USA TODAY’s Thuan Le Elston recounts the day Saigon fell, as her family sought refuge in a Quonset hut on a U.S. military base in Guam. Murders in Mexico fell for a third straight year in 2014 — the most pronounced declines occurring along the U.S. border — a sign the country is slowly stabilizing after gruesome drug wars. And he would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, although in early April he called a $15 minimum wage “reasonable.” He has proposed breaking up the nation’s largest banks, saying the six biggest ones wield too much control over the economy. Sanders said hoped to galvanize a movement of small donors to give himself a fighting chance. “We’re not going to raise $2 billion, and we’re not going to raise $1 billion,” said Mr.

Sanders, who added that he did not intend to use the help of a “super PAC.” “I do not have millionaire or billionaire friends.” In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington on March 9, Mr. Sanders’s fiery populism, that old-time religion, will appeal to many liberals at a moment when the left is demanding action on issues of economic fairness, and class mobility has become a defining issue in both parties. Sanders’s decision. “Having Bernie Sanders in the race, calling for populism, will help open the political space for people like Hillary Clinton and others to take bold stands,” said Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

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