Shocking almost no one, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is going to take another crack at the White House. He announced this morning on Vermont Public Radio that he will run for president again in 2020.
“I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first,” Sanders told VPR.
“Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the political revolution. Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for,” he wrote in an email to his supporters.
Sanders has long been the most progressive member of the Senate. A self-described democratic socialist, his platform calls for “Medicare for all” college education, and a $15 minimum wage. He also advocates for free tuition at public colleges and universities, lowering the costs of prescription drugs, and aggressively combating climate change.
Sanders also fired some shots at Donald Trump, saying that he was an embarrassment to the US.
“I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country,” Sanders said. “I think he is 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.”
Polls show that Sanders is the most popular active politician in the country. Poll results from both January and December placed him among the three most favored political figures in the US, just behind former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also eyeing a presidential run.