US Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent lawmaker from Vermont, is set to announce a bid for the presidency on Thursday, Vermont Public Radio reported. He will reportedly run as a Democrat.
Citing several unnamed sources, the news outlet said Sanders will make the announcement by releasing a short statement, with a campaign event to be held in Vermont a few weeks later. His campaign will focus on how wealthy Americans and corporations have gotten richer at the expense of the middle class, as well as strong opposition to the 12-nation international trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP.)
Following the Thursday announcement, the 73-year-old lawmaker will become the second person to declare a run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the clear frontrunner at this point, is the only other liberal who has formally entered the race, though a couple of other individuals – such as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley – may also toss their hats into the ring.