Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for president again. He announced this morning that he is launching a second campaign for the White House four years after his surprisingly strong bid for the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination.
People obsessed with presidential politics often look to Iowa for early indications of which candidates might be favored to win their party’s nomination. This is because for decades Iowa has held presidential nominating caucuses before any other states hold primaries.
Bernie Sanders‘ brain trust gathered for a retreat in Vermont over the weekend. In attendance were some of his biggest supporters, including big names from Hollywood, as well as staff and volunteers from his run for the presidency in 2016.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was in campaign mode Friday night in Bloomington, Indiana where thousands of people heard him direct some harsh words toward the current occupant of the White House.
“Now Trump, he’s a very, very tough guy,” Sanders told his audience of over 3,000 people. “He’s a very, very strong guy when he tears little children at the border from the arms of their mothers. What a tough guy. But he ain’t such a tough guy when he has to deal with Putin … He is not such a tough guy when he has to deal with his billionaire friends in Saudi Arabia, who just tortured and murdered a courageous journalist.”
Bernie Sanders is on a battleground tour to help Democratic candidates in the November elections and he may make a big difference in close races.
Sanders has a full October travel schedule, and this is his longest stretch of campaigning since he stopped his 2016 presidential campaign. He is going to many states, including Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, where there are very important early primaries or caucuses on the 2020 presidential election calendar.
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are nearly equal regarding favorability with Democrats, but members and leaners with the party don't want to see Clinton or Sanders run for president again in 2020.