Sanders announces 2020 Presidential Campaign


Source: ABC News

Shyan Yen, Staff Writer

Launching his second presidential campaign at a rally in Brooklyn, New York, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT,  is continuing with previous ideas from his 2016 campaign.

The Democratic Socialist proposes medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, robust federal programs and free tuition for public colleges.

Ending the disparity of wealth and power in the U.S. serves as another critical goal in his campaign. Sanders intimately spoke to the Brooklyn crowd highlighting his lower-middle class upbringing.

“I did not come from a family that gave me a $200,000 allowance every year beginning at the age of three,” said Sanders. “As I recall my allowance was 25 cents a week.”

Throughout his 2016 campaign, Sanders’ ideas were criticized for being too radical and questions arose as to how he would pay for his proposed plans. But once radical, many of his ideas have now become mainstream as other Democrats in the 2020 race have embraced them in their campaigns.

In an interview with CBS, Sanders addresses his financial plans. He pointed out that the U.S. is the only wealthy country in the world that does not guarantee medicare for all.

Sanders also plans to take on the pharmaceutical and insurance companies to reduce the cost of drugs and ensure health care.

The Senator stated plans to address the country’s infrastructure by investing $1 trillion within a five-year span to rebuild roads, bridges, and airports while simultaneously putting 13 million people to work.

Sanders platform also includes investing $5.5 billion in youth programs and creating 1 million jobs for disadvantaged young Americans.

Other issues he plans to tackle include urban gentrification, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, and the corrupt campaign financial system.

Supporters of Sanders note that, unlike other 2020 Democratic candidates, Sanders has consistently supported progressive populism dating back to his activism at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Sanders also protested housing discrimination as a young man, an issue he continues to address in 2020 his campaign. Sanders says it is imperative that President Trump be defeated, regardless if he is the Democratic nominee or not.

Calls for a revolution in the country, and transforming the current economic system to one that works for all, not just the “top one percent” continues to make Sanders’ platform attractive to young voters.