Senator Bernie Sanders on February 19, 2019 announced that he would be running for President in the year 2020. Notably, this is his second bid for the White House post a strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Bernie Sanders, aged 77, reportedly made the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont.
Read on to know all about Bernie Sanders, key highlights of the US Presidential Elections 2020 and if Sanders will be able to finish the revolution he first started in 2016.
Bernie Sanders’ Run for Presidency: Key highlights
- Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, will again run on leftwing platform.
- Notably, on February 19, 2019, Bernie Sanders became the eighth congressional member to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.
- Sanders, whose Presidential campaign in the year 2016 had helped reshape the Democratic Party, is has entered the race for the White House.
- Bernie Sanders has managed to raise $4m from 1,50,000 donors from 50 states in the first 12 hours after launch. Also, more than 330,000 people had signed on to support Sanders, his campaign said.
- Bernie Sanders, who introduces himself as a self-styled democratic socialist with a near 30-year congressional career on the political fringe, had lost to former US Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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- Vermont progressive US Senator whose White House campaign garnered massive grassroots support and managed to push the Democratic Party sharply to the left, said he would again seek the party’s presidential nomination in 2020.
- Sanders reportedly announced his candidacy in an email to supporters. He also vowed to build a vast movement to confront the special interests, which, he said, would dominate government and politics.
- Sanders highlighted that he would push for the issues that powered his 2016 run and resonated with younger voters, including universal healthcare, raising the hourly minimum wage to $15, and free public college tuition.
- Sanders insurgent candidacy against Hillary Clinton helped him capture 23 state nominating contests, yet, incited tension which led to the splitting up of the Democrats in 2016.
- Bernie Sanders joins a fleet of already crowded Democratic race, which has candidates raising the same issues and propagating the same ideas that he has brought into the mainstream. These included fellow Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
- Sanders, though, is touted as a leader in the early opinion polls of prospective 2020 Democratic candidates. Nonetheless, it is yet to be seen if he garners the same level of support as he did as 4 years ago.
- Sanders has also condemned the Republican President Donald Trump in his statement as “the most dangerous president in modern American history,” labeling him “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe.”
What Bernie Sanders needs to do differently to win in 2020
Bernie Sanders has enjoyed spotlight since 2016, when he championed caused like climate change reform and a $15 minimum wage for Amazon employees in his Presidential run.
Sanders, in his interview with Vermont Public Radio, has reiterated that he would again be pushing for universal health coverage through Medicare for all, along with slashing student debt and boosting the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
- Sanders had, in 2016, not given due importance to black votes for his Democratic base. Hillary Clinton had beaten Sanders by 57 points among black voters in the average of states with an exit poll. Needless to say, this is a devastating margin as lack voters make up about 20% of the Democratic base. Sanders, however, is leaving no stones unturned in his repeat performance and is making outreach to black voters his top priority for the upcoming US Presidential Elections 2020.
- Among all the collective independents, the independent senator performed his best by about 29 points in the average primary with an exit poll. However, he did poorly with self-identified Democrats and ended up losing them by 27 points in 2016. Previously, the self-identified Democrats surpassed the self-identified independents by a 3:1 margin, though the independents would be in larger numbers in 2020 electorate.
- Sanders was the candidate of young voters in 2016 and managed to win an impressive 19-point margin in the average primary with an exit poll. If his candidacy does better once again, it would be smooth road to victory for him. Yet, those under 45 years of age are the minority of primary voters, with democrats of 45 years and older making about 0% of Democratic primary voters in 2020. Sanders, who had lost them in 2016 with 33 points, would likely improve upon it the second time round. However, it would be hard nut for him to crack as Democrats have traditionally been identified as more moderate, and hence, less receptive to a self-described Democratic Socialist.
- Sanders had lost women by 22 points in the average state in 2016. Notably, women made up about 58% of Democratic primary voters in the average state in 2016. It is yet to see what Sanders can do with women in the US Presidential Elections 2020, considering 6 women are already in the race and the desire to see a female President is on the rise.
- Sanders made his bones as the most liberal candidate in a party to run from the left. To win in 202, he would have to gear up very liberal voters, which he failed to in 2016. To his relief, the Democratic Party is becoming more liberal. Notably, very liberal voters made up 25% of primary voters in 2016, which could see an exponential increase also in 2020. With so many candidates in the run, Sanders can win pluralities overall with a large win among very liberal Democratic primary voters.