Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who rightfully won the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 but was passed over at the Democratic National Convention for the pre-ordained Hillary R. Clinton, is tossing his hat in the ring for the party’s 2020 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,” Sanders said on Twitter, linking to a video.
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
“Real change never takes place from the top on down, but always from the bottom on up,” he said in the video.
The video touts “free” college tuition, Medicare For All (“free” healthcare for everyone) and, of course, worships the political left’s Church of Climate Change.
“Our economy is rigged,” he said later. “We have a campaign finance system which is corrupt. Brothers and sisters, we have a lot of work in front of us. If we are prepared to stand together, there is no end to what the great people of our nation can accomplish.”
The candidate – who will run on a socialist platform – has never held a private sector job in his life.
However, he faces an ever-growing field on Democratic Party challengers.
Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have already declared candidacy, garnering significant press. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former San Antonio mayor and Obama administration employee Julian Castro, and Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend Indiana, are also in the running.
Rumors have emerged that former Vice President Joe Biden is considering a run, and former Texas State Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who has been slinking around since his U.S. Senate loss to Ted Cruz, is still a potential candidate.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has also been making noise about an independent run the presidency.
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Joe Biden Surges in South Carolina, Florida, Throwing Wrench into Sanders’ Easy Victory
Biden might actually consolidate the ‘moderate’ lane after all.
Joe Biden appears to be surging in the forthcoming Democratic primary state of South Carolina, throwing a wrench into what some have called an easy path to victory for frontrunner Bernie Sanders.
Biden has looked to South Carolina as a redoubt for his campaign after struggling mightily in the first three primary and caucus states. After Sanders’ resounding Nevada victory, he appeared set to challenge the former Vice President in the first southern state to vote, but the latest rounds of polling reveal that Biden has the state on lock.
A Monmouth University poll released Thursday showed Biden with a blowout lead of twenty percentage points in the Palmetto state. Biden has made appeal to African American voters a crucial element of his primary strategy, and the South Carolina polling suggests he’s retained strong support from black voters, even after his early campaign mishaps. African American voters form a majority of the state’s Democratic primary electorate.
Sanders languishes in a distant second in the poll, trailing Biden by a margin of 36% to 16%. Other polling recently conducted shows Biden with a smaller lead, but Sanders is yet to take the lead in a South Carolina poll with two days before the election.
New polling also shows the former Vice President retaking the lead in the Super Tuesday state of Florida, leading second-place Michael Bloomberg by a strong margin of nine percent. Sanders is all the way in third place in the Florida St. Pete poll, and such a finish in one of the first big states to vote after Super Tuesday would likely ensure that the Democratic Primary remains wide open.
Biden’s polling suggests that the career politician might actually have a chance to consolidate support from self-identifying ‘moderate’ Democrats, after competitors like Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg appeared set to eat his lunch.
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