Vermont Public Radio announced on Tuesday that Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for president on Thursday. Sanders is closely identified as an independent but will run as a Democrat, leading to a showdown with expected Democrat nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sanders will announce on Thursday and hold a kickoff campaign event in Vermont late May. Sanders is the son of a Polish-Jewish immigrant father and an American born mother. He currently holds the title as the longest-serving Independent member of Congress. Sanders reputation has been boosted by a 2010 filibuster speech on economic policy he delivered which was later turned into a book.
Sanders decided to run in the Democratic primary because of his interest in taking part in the primary debates, according to the Washington Post. If he ran as an independent, he would not have been a serious threat to the Clinton campaign in the primaries and caucuses. Sanders has been compared to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who continues to claim she is not running for president, which leads to Sanders potentially ends up being the lead voice of the extreme left of the Democratic party, especially those who are not fully backing Hillary Clinton.
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