Bernie Sanders to announce for president tomorrow: Report

Vermont Public Radio is reporting that Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president tomorrow. Sanders, an independent who says he's a socialist, has been making noises for months about entering the race.

Reuters:

He will release a short statement and hold a campaign kickoff event in subsequent weeks, the radio said, citing several sources. The senator's office did not respond to a request for comment.

With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looming as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2016, few other candidates have stepped forward in the party. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to enter the race next month.

Sanders, a self-described socialist who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, and liberal Democrats such as O'Malley and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are pressing Clinton to move to the left on economic policy by embracing tighter Wall Street regulation and a more robust social safety net.

Sanders, 73, especially has turned up the heat on the former first lady over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a proposal to fast-track the approval of the 12-nation trade pact.

In a statement last week, Sanders blasted the TPP as a jobs-killer that favors corporations. He then raised questions about where Clinton stands on the issue.

"She's going to have to be clear ... Are you on the side of working people who would suffer as a result of this disastrous trade agreement, and seeing their jobs go to China or Mexico, or are you on the side of corporate America? It's not a very difficult choice," Sanders said at a rally protesting the TPP in Washington last week, according to CNN.

Sanders will be the most entertaining candidate in the race. He says what he thinks, which is usually colorful rants against capitalism, conservatives, and anyone to his right - which is most of the planet. 

But can Sanders really pull Hillary and the Democrats off the far left cliff? Not likely. Even if Elizabeth Warren entered the race, Clinton wouldn't change her stance on issues, although she might alter her rhetoric a bit. Sanders won't even force her to do that, considering his miniscule potential impact on the race.

Sanders says he won't take large donations, so his campaign will be run on a shoe string. Given that no one knows who he is now, with no paid media to speak of, it's likely few will ever know he's even running.

Vermont Public Radio is reporting that Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president tomorrow. Sanders, an independent who says he's a socialist, has been making noises for months about entering the race.

Reuters:

He will release a short statement and hold a campaign kickoff event in subsequent weeks, the radio said, citing several sources. The senator's office did not respond to a request for comment.

With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looming as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2016, few other candidates have stepped forward in the party. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to enter the race next month.

Sanders, a self-described socialist who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, and liberal Democrats such as O'Malley and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are pressing Clinton to move to the left on economic policy by embracing tighter Wall Street regulation and a more robust social safety net.

Sanders, 73, especially has turned up the heat on the former first lady over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a proposal to fast-track the approval of the 12-nation trade pact.

In a statement last week, Sanders blasted the TPP as a jobs-killer that favors corporations. He then raised questions about where Clinton stands on the issue.

"She's going to have to be clear ... Are you on the side of working people who would suffer as a result of this disastrous trade agreement, and seeing their jobs go to China or Mexico, or are you on the side of corporate America? It's not a very difficult choice," Sanders said at a rally protesting the TPP in Washington last week, according to CNN.

Sanders will be the most entertaining candidate in the race. He says what he thinks, which is usually colorful rants against capitalism, conservatives, and anyone to his right - which is most of the planet. 

But can Sanders really pull Hillary and the Democrats off the far left cliff? Not likely. Even if Elizabeth Warren entered the race, Clinton wouldn't change her stance on issues, although she might alter her rhetoric a bit. Sanders won't even force her to do that, considering his miniscule potential impact on the race.

Sanders says he won't take large donations, so his campaign will be run on a shoe string. Given that no one knows who he is now, with no paid media to speak of, it's likely few will ever know he's even running.