Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
The 77-year-old, who lost out on the nomination to Hillary Clinton in 2016, told supporters in an email: “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.”
A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders’ success in 2016 surprised many, as he challenged Clinton all the way to the primaries.
The progressive’s campaign, backing liberal proposals including free college tuition and single-payer healthcare, ultimately helped lay the groundwork for the leftward swing that has dominated Democratic politics in the Trump era.
While Sanders was the only opposition to Clinton coming from the more left-leaning end of the party in 2016, a number of candidates are running for the Democratic nomination this time around that embrace similar policy ideas.
The next president of the USA will be decided in elections in November 2020.
Donald Trump will be seeking re-election for a second term, while a crowded field of Democrats looking to challenge him include Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren.
Trump may also face a Republican challenger in former Governor Bill Weld, who took the first official step in seeking nomination earlier this week.
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