Bernie Sanders makes video announcing 2020 presidential run — report
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Bernie Sanders makes video announcing 2020 presidential run — report

Unclear when bid will be made official by Vermont senator, who nearly upset Hillary Clinton in 2016 primary with ultra-liberal platform

US Senator Bernie Sanders responds to a question during a town hall meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
US Senator Bernie Sanders responds to a question during a town hall meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

WASHINGTON — US Senator Bernie Sanders has recorded a video announcing a 2020 run for president, Politico reported Saturday, an indication that he plans to enter the already crowded field of candidates.

But it still remains unclear when or if the video will be released, according to Politico, which previously reported that the senator from Vermont’s team has been conducting interviews to fill top staff positions.

Sanders, a 77-year-old independent who caucuses with Democrats, made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2016, losing out to Hillary Clinton, who was in turn defeated by Donald Trump.

Like Trump, Sanders was an outsider when the 2016 presidential primaries began, but came close to pulling off an upset over Clinton. He was the first Jewish candidate to ever win a state’s major-party primary.

Bernie Sanders introducing the then-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., July 12, 2016. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

He garnered passionate support among young liberals with his calls for universal health care, a $15 minimum wage and free public university education.

Sanders served in the House until 2006 when he was elected to the US Senate. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2018.

While Sanders remains popular among many Democrats, some in the party have questioned whether their champion this time around should be a septuagenarian white man.

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