Feel the Bern, Part Deux? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced he will once again seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, whose idiosyncratic 2016 presidential campaign earned him a national following and made him a leading figure in the modern progressive movement, announced Tuesday morning that he will seek the White House again in 2020.
“I am writing to let you know I have decided to run for president of the United States,” Sanders wrote in an e-mail blast to supporters officially announcing his candidacy, “I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.”
Sanders enters a growing Democratic primary field, which now includes five of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate, with a substantial advantage over his competitors in both name recognition and grassroots organizing strength, but will likely face difficulties in winning over some in the party following an at-times tense 2016 race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sanders also made the announcement on Vermont Public Radio Tuesday morning, saying he wanted to give his constituents a heads up about his plans.
“I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first,” Sanders said. “And what I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of — a belief in justice, in community, in grassroots politics, in town meetings — that’s what I’m going to carry all over this country.”
A self-described Democratic socialist and a political Independent, Sanders’ campaign brings with it a vast organizing network built during his 2016 campaign that saw him notch wins in key primary states like New Hampshire, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Unlike 2016, where Bernie Sanders became the de facto rallying point for anyone not satisfied with the carefully coordinated coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, he enters a wide-opened race with no clear frontrunner. With much of his “Democratic socialist” message having been co-opted to one degree or another by much of the party, including many of his fellow candidates, recapturing the ‘magic’ of a distant second place finish in 2016 might be a tall order, let alone winning the nomination.