Days after CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson reported on Inside Politics that a Sen. Bernie Sanders (D/I-VT) presidential announcement could be coming, news broke today that Sen. Sanders will reportedly announce a presidential bid on Thursday. Sanders is a self-proclaimed socialist who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.
The news today was first reported by Vermont Public Radio.
Senator Sanders would be running to Hillary Clinton’s left and would serve as a loud voice for the progressive cause. He has many fans in the progressive community and he often works with activist groups on various issues. He may be able to gain support from those who currently back Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren is another populist favorite, but she has repeatedly said that she will not run. However, this does not stop fans from encouraging her to do so and she does poll relatively well in the Democratic field.
Sanders will run as a Democrat for President. This carries two distinct benefits. First, he would be able to tap into the Democratic fundraising machine should he make it into the general election. Second, this will get him into the Democratic primaries which will allow him to have a large platform for his views and to attack Clinton.