Vermont to feel the Bern once again: Sanders to stand for reelection

Sanders'Much much more remains to be done

Sanders'Much much more remains to be done

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced he is running for a third term in the Senate Monday morning.

He says he's very proud to have represented Vermont for two terms in the U.S. Senate and that he wants to continue to serve in the Senate as a way to counter the policies of President Trump.

"These are frightening and unprecedented times".

He said the 2018 midterm election would be a pivotal moment in U.S. history and people must fight for an agenda that works for working people.

"Serving the people of Vermont and fighting for the working families across the country is an honor of my lifetime", Sanders added, according to ABC affiliate WTEN. Currently, Republicans hold a slim advantage with 51 seats out of 100. "What do you say to national Democrats who say be careful of this nominating folks who are too progressive". If he wins, she said, he would "respectfully" decline the nomination and run as an independent in the general election. Sanders' last campaign for U.S. Senate, in 2012, ended with a landslide victory over Republican John MacGovern in which Sanders got 71 percent of the vote.

Sanders says it's part of his effort to transform the national Democratic Party into a more progressive organization.

In March, Sanders helped launch what purports to be a global peace movement on the anniversary of the Iraq War, which he said precipitated much of the chaos in the Middle East. Sanders faces challengers across the political spectrum, though none have his political status or multimillion dollar campaign fund.

Sanders reiterated on Monday his campaign statements from the 2016 campaign in which he called Trump a liar and a person who aims to divide Americans on the basis of race, religion and sexual orientation.

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