RSN Fundraising Banner
FB Share
Email This Page
add comment
Print

Galindez writes: "In what is expected to be a low-key announcement sometime Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will announce his intention to seek the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


Bernie Sanders Will Make Presidential Run Official Thursday

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

29 April 15

 

n what is expected to be a low-key announcement sometime Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will announce his intention to seek the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States. Sanders is expected to hold a larger rally in a few weeks in Vermont before heading to New Hampshire and Iowa. The news comes on a day of what can be seen as good news for the Sanders campaign.

A new poll puts Sanders in second place with growing support in Iowa. Sanders was at 14 percent in the survey by Public Policy Polling. Sanders is now polling at double digits in both Iowa and New Hampshire. He leads the non-Clinton candidates in name recognition at 56%, followed by 34% for O’Malley, 31% for Webb, and 25% for Chafee. Sanders is also the most frequently named second choice.

The bad news for Sanders is that Hillary Clinton is still polling at 62%, 48 points higher than Sanders.

Sanders has never run a negative campaign ad, and his campaign insists he won’t. A close advisor, Tad Devine, told Politico, “He has to plot a completely different path that doesn’t have a lot to do with her,” adding that in recent conversations about a potential run, Clinton had come up “very little.”

After months of staying above the fray, Sanders has started to call on Clinton to let the American people know where she stands on the issues. Last week he said he doesn’t think Clinton is “prepared” to take on the “billionaire class.” Sanders has pressed for Clinton to take a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal supported by the Obama administration but opposed by Sanders and many in the Democratic Party.

“She’s going to have to be clear. It’s not a question of watching this. You’re going to have determine which side are you on? Are you on the side of working people who would suffer as a result of this disastrous trade agreement, and seeing their jobs go to China or Mexico, or are you on the side of corporate America? It’s not a very difficult choice,” Sanders said.

So far, the Clinton campaign has not taken a position on the Fast Track deal reached in Congress last week.

Democrat

Senator Sanders is the longest-serving Independent in Congress. That streak will come to an end. When Sanders last visited Iowa he wasn’t sure if he would run as a Democrat or an Independent. According to reports, Sanders has decided to run as a Democrat. Here is what he said about that choice in Iowa City in February:

When I asked Sanders in February what he needed to see from Americans to encourage him to enter the race, Sanders said he needed to see a willingness from enough people to get involved and support a serious campaign. Sanders wants to run an effective campaign and do no damage to the progressive cause.

With just over eight months before the Iowa Caucus, Bernie Sanders has a long way to go to catch Hillary Clinton. Sanders has been opening his speeches by quoting Frederick Douglass and talking about struggle. He talks of nothing being gained without a fight. He is looking to inspire an electoral revolution. Without a grassroots revolution Sanders is a long shot.

Many progressives are still trying to recruit Senator Elizabeth Warren to represent the populist progressive wing of the party. It is becoming clear that it is not going to happen. Sanders has been fighting for 50 years for the agenda Warren advocates. While many question the authenticity of the other candidates’ attempts to run on Warren’s platform, “Bernie,” as progressives call him, is without question a progressive champion.


Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner
 

Comments   

A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

 
+53 # cmp 2015-04-29 11:25
It's a great day, to be an American. It's a very great day.
 
 
-17 # poetmarinerray 2015-04-29 17:05
A Clinton/Sanders Democrat Party ticket could be a very good thing for the country.
 
 
+22 # Malcolm 2015-04-29 17:22
Absolutely! Sanders for Prez, Hillary for Dogcatcher!
 
 
+2 # Vardoz 2015-04-30 13:24
I'm sending money - every one should as much as possible and make calls or go door to door. There is a reason why Vermonters keep voting for Bernie. His vast experience as a mayor congressman and senator and his passionate support for the majority and restoring our Democracy. He knows the ropes on the hill and knows what it will take to do the job. I plan to give and make calls.
 
 
+52 # dsepeczi 2015-04-29 12:04
This is the best news I've heard in a long time !!! Let's get to work, folks, and make sure Sanders gets our votes !!! :)
 
 
+41 # davidr 2015-04-29 12:22
Good for him! Good for the country. If he's a long shot, so were most Presidential candidates in the year before their nomination. But to his great credit, Sanders views the odds with perspective. Most politicians seem to make a very self-centered assessment of the following general nature: "When will I ever again be this close to the brass ring? At those odds, I'll take my chances."

As Sanders has said repeatedly & Galindez reports here, Sanders' first concern is his chance of advancing a progressive agenda ("… run an effective campaign and do no damage to the progressive cause …"). His thought is, "I can't be politically successful without a stronger progressive movement, so that's where I'll put my chips." Because he knows he'll bring credit to the progressive cause, so it follows that his odds for the nomination can only rise during the campaign. He will finish higher than he starts, and that gives him a chance.

How many people in our history have had a better chance to be a major party nominee? We haven't even had 60 elections yet, and about a quarter resulted in a successive term for the incumbent. You'd have to reckon, as a first approximation, that among the top two parties since the 18th century there have probably been fewer than 1,000 people (maybe 10-20 per generation?) with Bernie's odds at the nomination.

And a hellova lot fewer with as good a reason to run.
 
 
+43 # Radscal 2015-04-29 12:51
The first candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination for whom I'll vote and campaign.

No "perfect" candidate will run as a Democrat. But as members of the duopoly are most likely to win and Bernie is by far the most progressive on domestic issues and least supportive of violent foreign policy, I'll support him, and then keep the pressure on him to evolve on the handful of important issues upon which I disagree (e.g.. Israel).
 
 
+41 # MEBrowning 2015-04-29 13:11
Now that Bernie Sanders is running, this is one presidential election for which I will not have to hold my nose.
 
 
+30 # Trish42 2015-04-29 13:16
Bernie's presence in this election can only advance the Progressive agenda. My hope (and the reason I will give him $) is that he will push Clinton in that direction.
 
 
+43 # Wally Jasper 2015-04-29 13:39
And I'm going to support Bernie so he will win; Clinton will spout off all the Warren-esque rhetoric she can in order to win. Then, watch out, folks, it's business as usual. A neo-con corporatist cannot a progressive be. Forget Clinton.
 
 
+9 # Linda 2015-04-29 23:31
Clinton is who she is ,she will not become Elizabeth Warren or a Bernie Sanders just because Bernie is running. Oh ! She might talk the talk but she will never walk the walk ! Bernie has been talking the talk and walking the walk for 50 years he is authentic, he is no phoney !
Hillary will tell you what you want to hear then do whatever she wants after election day !Oh ! I am also not for all these wars but Hillary most certainly is!
 
 
+36 # Patriot 2015-04-29 13:41
The future is up to the American people. If we want to have a future that doesn't involve economic, political, and perhaps even physical slavery, here's our chance to grasp it. But we ALL will have to invest our time, our money, and our efforts in the race, right through Election day.

Roll up your sleeves, everyone. We have work to do.

Go, Bernie!!
 
 
+10 # Linda 2015-04-29 23:37
I totally agree ! I have already committed to making a campaign contribution and I am on Social Security and under the poverty line .
Bernie is my investment in the future of this country ,my grandchildren and great-grandchil dren .
I know Bernie won't roll over once elected he will keep on fighting !
 
 
+13 # Patriot 2015-04-29 13:46
Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever, 'twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust;
Ere her cause bring fame and profit and 'tis prsperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
'Til the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.

...New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the sdadow, keeping watch above his own.

--James R. Lowell, Boston, 11 December 1845
 
 
+34 # Merlin 2015-04-29 13:58
From the article:
"The bad news for Sanders is that Hillary Clinton is still polling at 62%, 48 points higher than Sanders."

I'm not sure this is bad news in any real sense. sHillary has had the field totally to herself since the beginning. Sanders has not even officially announced.

I suspect that a lot of "lesser of two evils" people will abandon sHillary with the emergence of a real candidate of the people. Those poll results are an unfair gauge at this time. Give Sanders a couple of months and then look at polls.
 
 
+23 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-04-29 13:58
Run Bernie, RUN. Bring Elizabeth with you.
 
 
+30 # jimbeama 2015-04-29 13:58
Just made my first donation with the symbolic amount of $20.16
 
 
+22 # Patriot 2015-04-29 14:01
Sanders' campaign site:

https://berniesanders.com

Okay, everyone, like jimbeama, I just put my money where my mouth has been. How about you?
 
 
+32 # Merlin 2015-04-29 14:05
From the article:
"Sanders has never run a negative campaign ad, and his campaign insists he won’t. A close advisor, Tad Devine, told Politico, “He has to plot a completely different path that doesn’t have a lot to do with her,” adding that in recent conversations about a potential run, Clinton had come up “very little.”

This would not only be refreshing, but incredibly amazing! When was the last time this happened?

Personally, I believe that sHillary has so many albatrosses around her neck that just forcing her to "come clean" (on the TPP, for instance, or support for war in the ME etc.) will begin to make her start to look like a fool. Bernie will hardly have to do more than force her to go public, as he has already started to do on the TPP.

Now I want to see what Elizabeth Warren does. Will she continue to back sHillary or switch over to Bernie?
 
 
+19 # Radscal 2015-04-29 15:26
As Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton was quite clear on her stand on TPP:

"we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP"

http://www.state.gov/secretary/20092013clinton/rm/2012/11/200565.htm

Of course, that was before most people had even heard of TPP. Now that the political winds have blown in strong opposition to it, she's seeking to obfuscate her true, strong support for EVERY "Free Trade Agreement."
 
 
+10 # Merlin 2015-04-29 17:18
Radscal 2015-04-29 15:26

You are right on your assessment. We know that, but the majority of voters don't. The TPP is still almost unknown to the average person.

It was this effort to confront her about these albatrosses, thus creating doubt in the minds of those who don't pay attention, that I was addressing. Her triangulation can be exploited easily and can be done by judicious questioning, ala a lawyer cross examining a witness.

That technique is not politically correct for journalists who are censored for "following up" on a question when the politician avoids answering. We are supposed to just take what ever he says and shut up.

Now however as a candidate, softball questions should be taboo, and forceful followup, should be the order of the day. If Bernie does this the right way (so as not to look like he is judging her,) it could be devastating to her reputation. He has the experience and the moxie. I hope he does that.

The debates are famous for not asking really meaningful questions and having almost no meaningful followup. They are a kabuki dance based around personality and who "won" the debate. The idea that the debate is a "Game," destroys its intent and the end result is almost meaningless.

But it sure garners eyeballs!
 
 
+2 # Linda 2015-04-29 23:50
No surprize to me !
 
 
+6 # Linda 2015-04-29 23:48
I would be very disappointed in Elizabeth Warren if she didn't back Bernie .
It would actually make her look like a fraud who makes believe she is fighting against Wall Street when she actually backs a Wall Street candidate ! I voted for her for Senator of my state I would hate to think I was duped !
 
 
+9 # REDPILLED 2015-04-29 14:16
Is it possible to get Sanders to stop supporting the U.S. global empire, especially with its favoritism of Israel?

Reining in the big banks and corporations and providing more jobs is only a part of the picture when the U.S. wastes more than one trillion dollars a year on its wars and global empire of military bases, including nuclear weapons, illegal drone warfare, and Special Operations teams in more than 100 countries.
 
 
+18 # dsepeczi 2015-04-29 14:36
Quoting REDPILLED:
Is it possible to get Sanders to stop supporting the U.S. global empire, especially with its favoritism of Israel?

Reining in the big banks and corporations and providing more jobs is only a part of the picture when the U.S. wastes more than one trillion dollars a year on its wars and global empire of military bases, including nuclear weapons, illegal drone warfare, and Special Operations teams in more than 100 countries.


So far, Bernie still is on the same side as ... well ... all of the politicians when it comes to the US war machine. But I can forgive that for now and work hard for his nomination with the confidence that he matches my views on most of the issues, including the biggest domestic one for me ... rejection of the TPP.
 
 
+6 # Linda 2015-04-30 00:06
Your wrong on that dsepeczi . Bernie was not for the war in Iraq and he certainly is not on the Republican's side or Israel's to go to war with Iran .He sided with Obama on negotiations with Iran !

Redpilled, Bernie is no Zionist, he believes in a two state solution and no more increased settlements . The only place I disagree with him is where financial support of Israel is concerned .
With all the problems the people in our country are facing he stands on the side of the people and that is why I will vote for him ! I am not a one issue voter I try and look at the big picture !
 
 
+26 # angelfish 2015-04-29 14:35
GO Bernie! Stay Strong and Healthy and may God protect you in this endeavor!
 
 
+21 # Blackjack 2015-04-29 14:47
This is the most hopeful I have been since the Mighty Raygun was anointed. Ever since then the Dems have been trying to be Republican Lite instead of offering up good reasons why government is NOT the problem. They all fell for that trap and have been falling all over themselves ever since to be a nicer version of Republicans. I'm sick of it. Bernie has been doing what Dems should have been doing for the last three decades--showin g us what good government should be about. I gave Bernie money when he was running for his Senate seat in 2014 and I will give him money now as he runs for President. If he accomplishes nothing more than moving HRC left, that will be a major contribution, but I'm hoping that he will upset all the pundit projections and actually WIN!
 
 
+20 # Radscal 2015-04-29 15:35
I was itching to up vote your comment until I got to:

"If he accomplishes nothing more than moving HRC left, that will be a major contribution"

Ms. Clinton has proven for her entire adult life that she will "triangulate" to present whatever image she thinks will help her win. But, her actual actions throughout her adult life have been quite consistently in favor of Wall St., trans-national corporations and a murderous foreign policy.

She's already co-opting the populist rhetoric of Ms. Warren (whom I believe really does stand for those policies). But she hasn't changed.

She was a "Goldwater Girl" as a teenager, and has been consistently a "Goldman-Sachs Girl" as an adult.
 
 
+10 # ritawalpoleague 2015-04-29 18:02
Absolutely correct you are, Blackjack, re. your hope that Bernie wins! But, sad to say, nothing or no one can get Hill the Shill to truly move to the left. Rather, let's not get conned into believing she's becoming a people vs. self server.

Can hardly wait 'til Thank You Bernie Thursday, the day I and sooooo many others have been waiting for. Can hardly wait to donate, make calls galore, and get Dems. and Indies and Greenies galore aware of what a ray of hope for real McCoy change Bernie truly is, because (as millions more are catching onto).....

SANDERS PANDERS NOT, TO THE 1%
 
 
+7 # Patriot 2015-04-29 19:29
So why wait? Go to his website TODAY and contribute & volunteer. No time like the present!!
 
 
+21 # ahollman 2015-04-29 15:33
Run Bernie run!!

Finally, a candidate I'd be happy to vote for, contribute to, and work for!

Earlier, Sanders made it clear that if he ran, he would not be a Nader-style spoiler, nor would he run merely to shift the conversation (as Elizabeth Warren has done without even running), but to win.

He also said that for him to win, his campaign would have to fundamentally change the way campaigns are conducted; he'd be running on the efforts of many, not the contributions of a few. That means that those who want him as President can't merely vote for him, or even just contribute to him, but must a actively campaign for him. Without such effort, big money will triumph.

By dint of their income, their accumulated wealth, and their social connections, Hillary and Bill are multi-millionai res. That's enough so that they they're not in the same league as the rest of us, but, at the same time, they're outclassed by the billionaires who are determining the monetary election (a million's not so much these days).

Sanders is a seasoned politician, unlike my Senator, Elizabeth Warren, who's still a novice.

For those who dislike Sanders' support of F-35's in Burlington, or of his support for Israel, 2 responses: 1) No candidate is perfect; if you search for perfection, you'll not only fail, you'll get a Republican. 2) Like anti-communist Nixon with China or Reagan with Gorbachev, a President Sanders could push Israel to a final peace settlement with the Palestinians.
 
 
+7 # Blackjack 2015-04-29 19:09
Please, people, I'm not suggesting that HRC will truly move leftward or that her reign is inevitable. Her words likely won't be followed by progressive action, but think how much worse it might be without having Bernie there every step of the way, through the Primary, questioning her motives and actions and offering true progressive remedies to help us out of the mess that the HRCs of the country have created. We can all do everything possible to assure Bernie's win, but should that not happen, we still have to deal with reality. If HRC is chosen, then at least those voting for her have been privy to Bernie's considerable wisdom and dogged determination to hold feet to fire. I think life for HRC will not be the same after Bernie educates the masses.
 
 
+8 # Patriot 2015-04-29 19:46
But Sanders isn't going to succeed if all of his supporters are only hoping he'll be able to deflect Cinton into SOUNDING a lot more liberal and progressive than she's ever shown herself to be in reality.

Either support Bernie whole hog, with your money, your time, and your efforts, or get out of the way.

Half measures will NOT win a campaign for his nomination as the Democratic candidate for the White House, nor will they get him elected as President.
 
 
+7 # cymricmorty 2015-04-29 22:03
It's on! Woo hoo!
(O frabjous day! Calooh! Callay!)
 
 
+1 # Vardoz 2015-04-30 11:55
Great and I understand Warren is going to endorsed him!!!!!
 
 
+1 # john.schoonover 2015-05-01 21:30
Help elect Bernie. Sign this petition.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/move-on-should-back-bernie?source=c.em.cp&r_by=1301627
 

THE NEW STREAMLINED RSN LOGIN PROCESS: Register once, then login and you are ready to comment. All you need is a Username and a Password of your choosing and you are free to comment whenever you like! Welcome to the Reader Supported News community.

RSNRSN