On Thursday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT) announced he is launching his 2016 presidential bid. Although Sanders labels himself as an Independent, Sanders will challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
“I am writing to inform you that I will be a candidate for president of the United States. I ask for your support.
"For many months I have been traveling from coast to coast across our country, and have had the opportunity to meet with thousands of good, hardworking, and remarkable people. Like you and me, they are deeply concerned about the future of our country.
"After a year of travel, discussion and dialogue, I have decided to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president.
"But let's be clear. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It's about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: ‘Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.’
"The people at the top are grabbing all the new wealth and income for themselves, and the rest of America is being squeezed and left behind. The middle class in America is at a tipping point. It will not last another generation if we don’t boldly change course now," Sanders said in statement.
Executive Director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, Anna Galland praised Sanders decision, but continues to call on U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (Socialist-Mass.) to run for president as well.
“MoveOn members have cheered on Sen. Sanders for years as he's stood up to the Wall Street banks and wealthy interests who have rigged the game in Washington and knee-capped our country’s middle-class and working families.
"That’s why we and our allies continue to call on Sen. Elizabeth Warren to also bring her tireless advocacy for middle-class and working Americans to the race. Our country will be stronger if she runs," Galland said.