In an email to his supporters on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) officially announced that he will run for president again in 2020.
“I am writing to let you know I have decided to run for president of the United States,” Sanders wrote. “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.”
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
In a CBS News interview that aired earlier this morning, Sanders said this campaign will be different than his 2016 run.
“We’re going to win. We are gonna also launch what I think is unprecedented in modern American history, and that is a grassroots movement.”
Sanders describes himself as a Democratic Socialist and political Independent. During his 2016 campaign, he created a vast network that helped him to win primary states like Michigan, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.
Sanders has long been a proponent of progressive ideals such as a single-payer healthcare system (Medicare for all), a $15 minimum wage, and free college education. These ideas have now been expressed by his Democratic party competitors, including Sens. Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
According to Sanders, America stands at a dangerous precipice. “You know as well as I do that we are living in a pivotal and dangerous moment in American history,” he writes. “We are running against a president who is a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.”