Bernie Sanders Announces He Is Running For President, As A Democrat
Earlier this week Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders formally entered the Democratic Primary for 2016. Senator Sanders becomes the first challenger to enter the race just shy of two weeks after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy.
"People should not underestimate me," Sanders told the AP. "I've run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country."
Regardless of his field of potential opponents, Sanders said that "the question is whose views come closer to representing the vast majority of working people in this country. And you know what? I think my views do."
Sanders is an outspoken critic of the proliferation of big money politics. He regularly rails against the Koch Brothers, the Republican uber-donors, and has said that his campaign would be devoid of "billionaires."
At the bottom of his website, underneath the required phrase "Paid For By Bernie 2016," his website proclaims, "Not The Billionaires."