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Report: Sen. Bernie Sanders to Declare Democratic Bid on Thursday

By    |   Tuesday, 28 April 2015 05:46 PM

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a registered independent who caucuses with the Democrats, will announce his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday.

Sanders, 73, who was elected to his second Senate term in 2012, will announce his candidacy in a brief statement and then make a full announcement later, VPR News in Vermont reports. He served 16 years in the House.

The senator is expected to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who declared her candidacy earlier this month.

Sanders, who is also considered a Democrat for Senate committee assignments, has been an independent since 1979. He has long clashed with Republicans — and most recently with the Obama administration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which the United States is negotiating with 11 nations.

"If you want to understand why the middle class in America is disappearing and why we have more wealth and income inequality in America than we have had since the late 1920s, you have to address the issue of trade," Sanders told VPR in an interview last Thursday.

He also has slammed Clinton for refusing to take on the nation's billionaire class to address income inequality.

"It's not what she says, it's what she does," Sanders told Bloomberg News earlier this month. "Is Hillary Clinton, are other candidates, prepared to take on the billionaire class?

"Based on her record, I don't" think so, he said.

Sanders has also called for a "political revolution" on behalf of the working people in the United States.

"At a time when the wealthiest people and largest corporations are becoming richer while virtually everyone else is becoming poorer, working-class people have got to fight back," he recently told NBC Chicago.

Sanders has been traveling to early 2016 primary states in recent weeks, including South Carolina to address the state Democratic Party, VPR reports.

In the Senate, Sanders last year chaired the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee — passing legislation to reform the beleagured Veterans Affairs healthcare system. He currently is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee and sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

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