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    Bernie Sanders set to announce 2020 presidential run

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    Bernie Sanders set to announce 2020 presidential run
    Hunter Walker
    White House Correspondent
    1/25/19



    WASHINGTON—Three years after fighting a surprisingly competitive Democratic primary race against Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making another run for the White House.

    Two sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo News that Sanders, an independent and self-described “democratic socialist,” plans to announce his presidential bid imminently. While Sanders has been mulling a bid for months, one of the sources said he was emboldened by early polls of the race that have consistently showed him as one of the top candidates in a crowded Democratic primary field. In particular, the source said Sanders was heartened to see numbers indicating he is one of the leading candidates among African American and Latino voters, two groups he was perceived as struggling with in 2016.

    The source also alluded to a spate of recent polls that show Sanders as the most popular politician in the country. They attributed Sanders’ strength in the polls to the base and name recognition he built with the prior presidential bid.

    “What the senator has this time that he didn’t have last time is he is the most popular elected official in the country right now,” the source said. “That’s light years away from 2016 when very few people knew who he was.”

    A third source said Sanders’ bid will begin with an exploratory committee. Sanders’ campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.

    In addition to these two sources, a former Sanders staffer who was not been briefed on the imminent announcement plans nevertheless said they were aware of many recent signs he is set to pull the trigger on a presidential campaign. Specifically, the former staffer said Sanders has been building out the infrastructure he would need for a White House bid.

    “He’s already talking to staff and there are people he’s hiring. They’re nailing down contracts with vendors, … all the movement is there for him to run,” the ex-staffer said.

    Though Sanders ultimately was defeated by Clinton last time around, his upstart campaign reshaped the Democratic Party. Sanders ran on a progressive platform that included a focus on eliminating income inequality, campaign finance reform and an ambitious “Medicare For All” healthcare. Those principles have become centerpieces of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and several Sanders-backed candidates won elections last year.

    But Sanders’ impact on the Democratic Party went beyond his political vision. The primary battle between Sanders and Clinton was contentious, with Sanders allies claiming Clinton’s campaign worked in conjunction with the Democratic Party establishment to prevent a Sanders victory. These battles cemented divisions in this party that linger on as the 2020 election approaches.

    Following President Trump’s victory over Clinton in 2016, Sanders and his allies pressed for reforms to the Democratic National Committee that would make the party’s primary process more open and inclusive to what Sanders termed “the working people and young people of our country.”

    Amid Sanders’ reform push, the DNC assembled a “unity commission” to recommend changes that included members chosen by both Sanders and Clinton. Ultimately, the DNC made rules changes that included one of the main items on Sanders’ agenda, curbing the role of unelected superdelegates in choosing the party’s presidential nominee. At the same time, the DNC also adopted a rules change that would make it more difficult for independents like Sanders to seek the party’s presidential nomination.

    In spite of this, Sanders’ allies felt he was unaffected by this new rule because the Vermont Democratic Party passed a resolution last year recognizing him as a full member. A source who discussed Sanders’ 2020 plans with Yahoo News confirmed he will be running as a Democrat.

    Though he will be entering an extremely crowded Democratic field, Sanders is starting from a formidable position. Early polls of the race have consistently showed Sanders as one of the top candidates, likely due to the base of support he established in 2016. Sanders allies also believe his prior run could give him a head start organizing in key early primary states. Last October, Pete D’Alessandro, who was Sanders’s Iowa state coordinator for the 2016 race, told Yahoo News he was confident the senator would be able to build on the grassroots support and infrastructure he established in 2016 if he made another run.

    “This was a movement. It still is a movement,” D’Alessandro said.

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    Well that gave Trump and the GOP another 4 years.
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    Only if the corrupt as fuck DLC steals the primary again.

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    I don't know who this other guy "Steve" is in this video, but I hope they don't have him back again, because he comes off like a bit of a DLC douchebag here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    Only if the corrupt as fuck DLC steals the primary again.
    No, only if you asshole Bernie brats act like the sulking children you are again.

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    The lesson of 2014, 2016, and 2018 is that Corporatist Fake "Democrats" are NOT electable. Bill Clinton only got there by splitting the vote three ways. Barry Obama only got there by campagining convincingly as somebody that (as it turns out) he never really was. Nobody's going to buy that bullshit from Mini-Me Gillibrand, Scamala Harris, Borey Crooker, MBNA Joe, or any other phony the DLC puts in the clown car.

    Poll after poll after poll in 2016 said that Bernie would have BURIED the Orange Imbecile. And Bernie's name recognition has only improved since then. Issue after issue, the majority of the population sides with Bernie. There's no point in settling for an inferior candidate who will lose as bad or worse than Hillary did.

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    Yeah, keep on telling yourself that, Bernie brat(s).

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    Free is not free....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igosplut View Post
    Free is not free....
    I agree. Except for when it comes to guns. Guns should always be free. I mean, fuck healthcare, social safety nets, education or a general better quality of life. If America has free-as-fuck guns we wouldn't have to worry about all that shit. America is all about GUNS. And guns should be free. If only they had FREE guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igosplut View Post
    Free is not free....
    Nothing is free. But some things should definitely be not for profit. Things like health care, education, and infrastructure, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    Nothing is free. But some things should definitely be not for profit. Things like health care, education, and infrastructure, for example.
    LOL wat? You get what you pay for and I'd rather not see Dr's who are cheap and unmotivated. I also don't want to drive on substandard bridges.
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    Substandard bridges is what you have NOW. Because there hasn't been any significant infrastructure built in the US since 1980. Which is not coincidentally the last time the rich paid anything remotely reasonable in tax rates. Eisenhower knew what he was doing when he kept the marginal tax rate at 91% and used the money to build the interstate highway system, NASA, etc.

    As far as the "cheap doctors" go, nobody that I'm aware of in the US is calling for a complete "socialized medicine" system, where the doctors are government employees. Though such a system DOES exist, in the VA hospitals. Which were considered to be a solid effecient system until the Republicans stopped funding it properly. Single payer Medicare for All would only take for profit insurance out of the equation. Not the doctors or the hospitals. While the motivations of some doctors and medical institutions can certainly be called into question, at least they provide something of value to the health care system. All the insurance companies do is skim money off the top, to build some billonaire's mansions, and far too often, deny medical treatment to somebody who really needs it, or deny payment for somebody who's already had neccessary expensive treatment.

    So no, you don't really "get what you pay for". Unless the CEO of United Health Care is lending you his private jet over the weekend. And I doubt that's the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BottaGetta View Post
    LOL wat? You get what you pay for and I'd rather not see Dr's who are cheap and unmotivated. I also don't want to drive on substandard bridges.
    They can be motivated by helping people and their salary. Motivating Dr's directly with cash is a bad idea as it leads to over treatment and people getting procedures they don't need.
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    So another guaranteed 4 years of the F A T Orange man.


    Thanks, Bernie brats. You do know how to fuck up a country

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    This country has been fucked up since November 1980. And severely fucked up since December 12, 2000. Electing yet another corporatist piece of shit will not change that.

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