Senator Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he is running for president, launching a second bid for the White House after a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
Sanders, 77, made the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont
“I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first,” Sanders said on Vermont Public Radio.
He will join already crowded field of candidates seeking to take on President Donald Trump and the Republicans in 2020.
Sanders gave an outline Tuesday of his campaign strategy.
“And what I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of — a belief in justice, in community, in grassroots politics, in town meetings — that’s what I’m going to carry all over this country,” he said.
He referred to Trump as a national embarrassment and a pathological liar.
“I also think he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants,” Sanders said.
Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2016, after he lost to Hillary Clinton, who was in turn defeated by Donald Trump.