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Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run

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On February 19, 2019, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he will be running for President in 2020. According to the Chicago Tribune Sen. Bernie Sanders is the 11th person to announce their candidacy under the Democratic ballot.[1]

Sen. Bernie Sanders ran for President in the 2016 Presidential election, but he eventually lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary.

In 2016, Sanders held the highest percentage of young supporters out of any candidate in 2016. According to the Washington Post from 2016, “Sanders, in fact, won about 29 percent more votes [than Clinton and Trump] among those under the age of 30. That number actually rose as the campaign went on.[2] It is possible that we could see a repeat of Bernie’s 2016 Presidential campaign, since there will be a huge increase of young voters in 2020.

Young people are tired of seeing a government that only works for the old people. We have tons of programs for the boomers, like Social Security and medicare; but us young people see our planet dying before us, and we have an awful public education system in the U.S.

Young adults are also not doing too great economically speaking; Clasp reports that “young adults (18-24) whose poverty rate was 17.5 percent and 16.1 percent [in 2017]” but the government has done nothing to help us out.

Bernie Sanders has campaigned on issues that young people are worried about; like ending climate change, free college, and equal access to healthcare.

Now, there are tons of other Democratic candidates that are running in 2020 that also are running on the same beliefs as Bernie. So, it is possible that Bernie could lose his support since some of these candidates are the same age as his supporters.

  1. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-democratic-candidates-for-president-2020-story.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/06/20/more-young-people-voted-for-bernie-sanders-than-trump-and-clinton-combined-by-a-lot/?utm_term=.bd6607e3fbf2
  3. https://www.clasp.org/press-room/press-releases/child-young-adult-poverty-rates-stagnate-census-data-show-millions-left
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/20/bernie-sanders-campaign-said-it-raised-5-9-million-in-first-24-hours.html

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