Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders shocked the United States today with a surprise announcement. After losing his candidacy bid in 2016, Sanders is now seeking the Democratic nomination to run for President of the United States next year. 77-year-old Sanders delivered the news in an email to his supporters on Tuesday morning.
"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," wrote Sanders.
Running as a Democrat, Sanders is confident that he can beat Trump, whom he has called a "racist", "pathological liar" and "the most dangerous president in modern American history".
Some of the changes that Sanders hopes to make is to increase the US national minimum wage to $15, universal government-funded healthcare, free college tuition, greater taxes placed on the wealthy and new climate change-related policies.
Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is now one of the most well-known and well-liked Democratic candidates in the running. BBC points out that if he secures the nomination, he will be the oldest presidential candidate in the country's history.
"I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," Sanders wrote in the email after an interview on Vermont Public Radio.
Sanders is reportedly one of the most popular political figures among Democratic voters. Early polls suggest that he stands a really good chance, even against Democratic Senator of California Kamala Harris.
Harris, a former student at McGill University, has entered the US presidential race for 2020 as well. Her strategy is to advocate for the interests of young, female and minority voters, and is the Democratic Party's greatest hope for attracting those votes.