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Get ready to feel the Bern

Other | Thursday 21st February 2019 | Isaac

Bernie Sanders has announced he will be running for president once again. The US senator gained a large amount of support in his last attempt to become president and this time around is no different. In the first 24 hours since the announcement, his campaign raised just shy of $6 million from 225,000 separate donors. Averaging just $27 or £20 a person.

Senator Sanders is best known for his progressive approach to politics and last time around his presidential race noticeably shifted the Democratic party further to the left. Sanders said he would continue to push many of the same issues that helped to fuel his campaign last time, including raising the minimum wage, universal healthcare and free public college tuition

 “Our campaign is about creating a government and economy that works for the many, not just the few,” Sanders said. Clearly taking notes from the Labour party’s surprise turnout in the snap election.

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Sander’s success among young voters in 2016 showed that he was a force to be reckoned with, managing to secure the backing of 23 out of 50 states in America. However, his success did create friction between the liberal and establishment wings of the party which can still be seen today.

The line-up of democratic candidates already seems quite crowded, with different opinion-polls saying different things. Some have placed Biden as a popular option despite the fact that he hasn’t even decided to run for the presidency. Meanwhile, the BBC has put Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson up under their Wild Card section. I guess if Trump can do it, why not The Rock?

Though it’s probably safe to say that Sanders is among the favourites, of candidates actually running that is. Arguably because many feel as though he was either figuratively or literally cheated out of his previous chance to win.

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Sanders has also been more than just a little critical of Donald Trump in the last few years. Calling him “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe” and “the most dangerous president in modern American history”. While Trump, dismissing the senator’s chances said, “personally, I think he missed his time, but I like Bernie”.

However, in the last two days alone, it’s clear that Sander’s has entered the race strongly. People know his name and what he stands for. What's more, as proven by the diverse nature in which Sanders raised the first $6 million he clearly appeals to the wider public. Combine this with his focus on anti-discrimination and pro-equality politics, it’s clear Sanders has strong support amongst the American people as well as the White House.

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