Posted by 19 February 2019
The Democratic presidential field became a little more crowded today. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats, announced that he was once again running for president.
Sanders, who is 77, is making his second try at the highest office in the land. He campaigned for the Democratic nomination in 2016, an effort that surprised many for how strong it was. Calling himself a democratic socialist, Sanders is aiming at pushing the party to the left on a host of issues that he supports.
During his time in the Senate, Sanders has supported “Medicare for All,” a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free community college, a 77% tax rate on billionaire estates, and the Green New Deal.
In 2016, Sanders offered a progressive alternative to Clinton. His views, far to the left of the eventual nominee, earned him a rabid following. This cycle, however, many of his fellow candidates for the nomination are embracing policy positions similar to his. It remains to be seen what this will mean in terms of primary voter support for Sanders.
What is your opinion of Sen. Bernie Sanders running for president? Do you think that the minimum wage should be $15? Do you support Medicare for All? Should community colleges be tuition-free?