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Bernie Sanders woos the Internet with 2016 presidential run

Does the fact that he's an occasional redditor affect his chances?


Kevin Collier


Posted on Apr 30, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 10:50 pm CDT

Bernie Sanders, the self-described “democratic socialist” senator from Vermont, is running for president in 2016.

An independent in the Senate, he’s functionally close to being a Democrat, and he is running for president on that ticket, people close to his campaign told the Associated Press.

Sanders is widely believed to by the closest thing to a liberal challenger to Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and senator from New York. He’s a longstanding opponent of unnamed campaign contributions, something that Clinton has profited enormously from, even though she claims removing big money from politics is also a priority for her, too.

The two Democratic hopefuls even humanized their candidacies on social media Thursday, with Sanders announcing his candidacy on a new Reddit account (he already had one he’d used in previous AMA interviews) on a forum created by his supporters, and with Hillary tweeting a welcome message to Sanders.

Sanders even responded with a light jab on campaign finance reform.

Of course, Clinton holds a commanding lead over all candidates, including Republicans. But as we all know, she’s not exactly a stranger to being upset by an idealistic Democratic challenger who focuses on the middle class.

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*First Published: Apr 30, 2015, 6:15 pm CDT