Its official! Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.
The Senator from Vermont will make his announcement on Thursday.
The Brooklyn native was elected as an independent to the United States Senate from his adopted State of Vermont in 2006 after serving as a member of the House of Representatives from there for many years. He was then officially a Socialist.
However, since joining the Senate, Sanders has caucused with the Democrats.
So the big question for Sanders is, “does he really think that he has a chance in hell of beating Hilary Clinton or is he just running to promote certain issues?”
According to a Huffington Post poll, Sanders trails Clinton by more than 55 points getting support from only 6.3% of respondents. He also trails Vice President Joe Biden and his fellow senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren.
Sanders has been very vocal recently in his opposition to President Obama on a number of issues. These include taking on the President in his attempts to get more power to negotiate trade agreements with other countries, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new agreement that the US is negotiating with 11 Pacific nations.
The Senator also pointedly came out against Rahm Emanuel’s bid for a second term as Mayor of Chicago.