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Bernie Sanders announces second bid for US presidency

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.

 

 

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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