Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Vermont to feel the Bern once again: Sanders to stand for reelection

Vermont to feel the Bern once again: Sanders to stand for reelection

"Serving the people of Vermont and fighting for the working families across the country is an honor of my lifetime", Sanders added, according to ABC affiliate WTEN.

"Over the last two terms I have been one of the leaders in the Senate in addressing some of the major crises facing Vermont and the nation", said Sanders, I-Vermont. "My mind is on 2018, and again, I think, the most important midterm election in the modern history of our country". "We have an administration that in an very bad and unprecedented way is trying to divide us up".

He is a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats. RealClearPolitics has his seat as safely Independent and his national notoriety after challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 president election for the Democratic nomination will undoubtedly be a boon for Sanders. "You know, Chuck, numerous issues that I campaigned on two years ago-issues like Medicare for All, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, taking on the pharmaceutical industry, making public colleges and universities tuition free, legalizing marijuana-a few years ago those were seen as radical, fringy ideas". "I think it is fair to say that from an ideological point of view, what the Democratic Party should stand for, we have kind of won that debate".

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"Honestly, that's not where my mind is right now", Sanders said.

According to the Federal Elections Committee, he has nearly $7 million in his campaign account. Sanders' last campaign for U.S. Senate, in 2012, ended with a landslide victory over Republican John MacGovern in which Sanders got 71 percent of the vote. Sanders faces challengers across the political spectrum, though none have his political status or multimillion dollar campaign fund.

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