Sanders starts 2020 presidential bid

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Sanders used his story in a contrast to Trump's privileged background as the son of a wealthy real estate developer in NY.

"My experience as a child living in a family that struggled economically, powerfully influenced my life and my values", Sanders said on Saturday. I know where I came from. "And that is something I will never forget".

The Vermont independent voiced confidence at the address in the NY borough of Brooklyn that he would first beat the crowded field of his rivals for the 2020 nomination, with much of his liberal, populist agenda now considered mainstream Democratic policy.

"Brothers and sisters, we are going to win this election not because we have a super PAC funded by billionaires", Sanders concluded.

"Chicago provided me, for the first time in my life, the opportunity to put two and two together in understanding how the real world worked", Sanders said. Now it's called Brrrrnie Sanders because it was 33-degrees and snowy when people lined up for hours to see Sanders' first rally in Brooklyn.

Pronouncing Harris's first name as "Kameela", the USA leader praised the California senator for her "enthusiasm" at her campaign launch and said she had a "better crowd" compared to other Democrats. "In 1988 I was one of the few white public officials who supported Jesse Jackson for President the United States and he ended up winning Vermont".

Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, all 2020 candidates, co-sponsored his Medicare for All legislation in 2017.

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Sanders said it is wrong that the very rich keep on getting richer while middle class and poor workers sometimes hold down three jobs to make ends meet.

Under current FEC rules, candidates are allowed to transfer remaining balances into other campaign accounts, meaning it would be possible for Sanders to use funds raised during the presidential run for his Senate race. We are going to bring our people together, the Senator added.

When Sanders began his 2016 campaign, he was a relatively obscure figure who was widely dismissed as a longshot contender for the presidency.

Mr Sanders, a 77-year-old independent senator for Vermont, lost the 2016 Democrat race to Hillary Clinton. On headwinds facing the economy, Kelton says she sees an "extraordinarily resilient" US economy despite a "real" global slowdown and a small chance of additional rate hikes from the Fed.

"I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers, 'You're fired, '" Sanders said, using Trump's tagline from The Apprentice. Earlier he referred to Donald Trump as the most unsafe president in modern American history, echoing his words from the previous day's rally. King talked about Sanders history fighting school segregation as a college student in Chicago and marching on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Asked during a Charleston, South Carolina, town hall meeting how best to oppose President Donald Trump without running an overly negative campaign, the New Jersey senator said Democrats need to look inward and focus on issues important to many of them, such as health care and education.

Sanders admitted right away that he is not planning on cutting taxes to move his agenda forward, saying, "I don't say lower taxes".