The Independent Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders has formally declared his campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 2016. He made the announcement in front of about 5, 000 supporters in Burlington, Vermont.
In his announcement, Sanders made it clear that his campaign will be about the economy and the growing divide between rich and poor in America.
He opened saying, “Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally.
“Today, we stand here and say loudly and clearly that; Enough is enough. This great nation and its government belong to all of the people, and not to a handful of billionaires, their Super-PACs and their lobbyists.”
Sanders promised to spend $1 trillion to create 13 million new jobs in a massive infrastructure program, and to double the Federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It is not about Hillary Clinton. It is not about Jeb Bush or anyone else, ” he declared.
“This campaign is about the needs of the American people, and the ideas and proposals that effectively address those needs. As someone who has never run a negative political ad in his life, my campaign will be driven by issues and serious debate; not political gossip, not reckless personal attacks or character assassination. This is what I believe the American people want and deserve.”
So does he have a chance? Most experts say no. But could he play spoiler to the inevitable Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton? Possibly.
The only person in America who anyone sees as a real threat to Clinton is the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren. While Warren has not said if she plans on running, if Sanders can make a dent in Hilary’s commanding lead than she and others might be emboldened to get into the race.
But if all Sanders does is send Clinton into the general elections so cut up and bleeding that she loses to a Republican then he will be reviled for it.
Remember Ralph Nader?
So the real question that everyone is asking about Senator Sanders right now is whether he is crazy enough to think that he can win or is he just doing it to push an agenda?