Bernie Sanders announces he's running again

Blanche Robertson
May 22, 2018

Chuck Todd, host of NBC News' "Meet the Press", asked Sanders what he would say to national Democrats who warn against nominating candidates who "are too progressive".

Currently, Sanders is seeking a third term as senator and is expected to face no serious opposition in his home state.

He says he's very proud to have represented Vermont for two terms in the U.S. Senate and that he wants to continue to serve in the Senate as a way to counter the policies of President Trump.

Senator Bernie Sanders said in a statement that he will seek re-election to the US Senate.

Several independent candidates have also indicated they plan to seek Sanders' senate seat in November.

Sanders has shifted the political debate on the left with proposals like raising the minimum wage, providing free college tuition and Medicare for all.

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"Well, people will make their own choices but I think I have the experience and the knowledge of Vermont and the problems of Vermont to be a leader on the issues facing Vermont", he said.

He is a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats.

"That gives conservatives, Republicans, middle-of-the-road voters concern as they've dealt with bureaucracy and seen their tax burdens rise", said Mike Donahue of the Vermont Republican Party.

"I think the future of this country really to a significant degree has a lot to do with what happens in 2018 so I have been and will be involved in that", said Sanders. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC), arguing that national Democrats are making the same mistakes that led to the Republican wave year of 2014. Sanders plans on officially kicking off his run with a number of rallies throughout the state.

"Honestly, that's not where my mind is right now", Sanders said.

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