Sen. Sanders launches 2020 sequel to 2016 presidential run

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 that he is running for president in 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) launches a second run for the presidency. The 77-year-old made the announcement in an email to supporters Tuesday morning.

“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” Sanders – the self-described democratic socialist -- said in an email to supporters. “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

Sanders’ fight for the democratic nomination fell short in 2016. But, many political observers argue that campaign pulled the party’s liberal base to the left.

Sanders will once again run on a progressive platform – calling for free college tuition, Medicare for All, and tackling wealth inequality.

Unlike in 2016, there’s no prohibitive favorite in the field, but it is crowded. Several senators -- including Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – are already in the race and running on issues similar to Sanders’.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is mulling a run, as is Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh). Hillary Clinton is not expected to run again following her 2016 general election loss to Donald Trump.

Results for several polls suggest Sanders is well-known, trailing only Biden in hypothetical political showdowns.

Sanders earned more than 13-million votes in 2016, winning 21 primaries and caucuses.

President Donald Trump may face a challenge of his own in the GOP primary. Former Gov. Bill Weld (R-MA) says he’s considering mounting a run from the right.

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