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  • Paul Steinhauser

Bernie Sanders joins field of Democrats filled with ‘progressives’


Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., meets supporters at a rally in support of a candidate for Senate Jacky Rosen and other Nevada Democrats, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders enters his second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in a far different position than four years ago.


The last time around, Sanders was a longshot against all-but-certain Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But his crushing defeat of Clinton in the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary launched him into a marathon battle with the eventual nominee. The showdown didn’t end until the Vermont senator endorsed Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire that summer.


This time around, Sanders starts as a front-runner in the polls, thanks to his powerful nationwide name recognition, a massive campaign email list of supporters across the country, and a powerful digital team that surpasses those of rival presidential campaigns.


In a video announcing his candidacy, Sanders highlighted that “our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history. It is not only about winning the Democratic nomination and the general election.


“Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice,” he emphasized.


But Sanders success in 2016 may hurt him in 2020. Many of the policies the senator highlighted during 2016 – proposals that were dismissed as fringe at the time – are now considered mainstream. And those proposals – such as Medicare for All and free college tuition have been embraced by many of the candidates he’ll now face off against for the Democratic nomination.


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