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Sen. Warren Backers 'Excited' By Bernie Sanders' 2016 Run

By    |   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 05:59 PM

Ready for Warren, a leftish group working to persuade Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to reverse herself and challenge Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for the party's nomination, welcomed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' declaration Wednesday that he is running for president.

Sanders' entry "is a promising first step toward a primary debate around important issues like expanding Social Security, holding the big Wall Street banks accountable, and enacting trade policies that put workers and the environment ahead of big corporations," Ready for Warren said.

Sanders, a self-proclaimed "Democratic socialist," said Wednesday that he will enter the Democratic presidential primary field. In an interview with The Associated Press, Sanders vowed to do more than simply bring up progressive issues or attempt to pull Clinton further toward the left.

Sanders warned his opponents not to underestimate him, noting that in Vermont, he had run outside the two-party system, defeating Democratic and Republican candidates.

Sanders served in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 2007 and has been a senator for the past eight years. In 2012, he won re-election to a second Senate term with 71 percent of the vote.

Regarding his presidential bid, Sanders promised to soon unveil a series of "very specific proposals" to increase taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans and provide tuition-free education at all public colleges and universities.

Ready for Warren responded that despite what they regard as Sanders' strong positions on the issues, "we need Senator Elizabeth Warren in the race to make sure we have a Democratic nominee who will lead these fights all the way to the White House."

NBC published an analysis of Sanders' candidacy which argued that he "has almost no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, but he is likely to delight party activists as he takes unabashedly liberal stances and tries to push Hillary Clinton to adopt them."

The analysis by NBC News Political Reporter Perry Bacon Jr. emphasized that Sanders "holds many of the populist, anti-big business views of Warren" and will delight the Democratic Party's left-wing base by railing against "the political power of the billionaire class" and denouncing the country's "slide into economic and political oligarchy."

The left hopes that Sanders or Warren could force the eventual party nominee to commit to supporting more of its agenda, and aides to Clinton say they are taking a look at progressive ideas like "guaranteed debt-free four-year college" (with taxpayers footing the bill).

The polls show both Warren and Sanders will face an uphill battle to catch Clinton.

The latest Real Clear Politics average shows Clinton leading the Democratic presidential field, winning support from 62.2 percent of poll respondents almost 50 points ahead of Warren, who came in second with 12.7 percent.

Sanders came in fourth with 5.6 percent running almost 57 percentage points behind Clinton but faring better than fifth-place former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who was backed by just 1.6 percent.

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Ready for Warren, a leftish group working to persuade Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to reverse herself and challenge Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for the party's nomination, welcomed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' entry into the race.
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