Bernie Sanders to run for reelection in November

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is running for a fourth term in the Senate, he announced on Monday, likely cementing the longtime progressive for the coming years in the upper chamber.

Sanders, 82, is the second-oldest member of the upper chamber behind only Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), who is 90. 

“This is the most important national election in our lifetimes,” Sanders said in a statement. We must fight to make sure that we remain a democracy, not an authoritarian society. We must fight to make sure that we have a government which represents the working families of our country, not the billionaire class and wealthy campaign contributors. We must fight to make sure that women can control their own bodies, and that we save the planet from the ravages of climate change. The stakes are enormous. This is an election we must not lose.”

The decision will in all likelihood keep Sanders in his seat for the foreseeable future. The self-described democratic socialist has handily won all three of his Senate races, including his 2018 contest by a 40-point margin.

It also means he will continue to wield the increased power and influence that has come in the wake of his two bids for the Democratic presidential nomination and through his post as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. 

The Vermont Independent has served more than 40 years in public office. On top of his three terms in the upper chamber, Sanders was a House member for eight terms and held the position of mayor of Burlington, Vt., throughout most of the 1980s. 

His operation has spawned a number of acolytes, including members of “The Squad” in the House, while he kept up his disdain for the nation’s “billionaires” and wealthiest earners. 

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