18:18 GMT11 May 2021
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    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is expected to announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday.

    Sanders is the longest-serving independent member of the US Congress, and is one of very few potential candidates who have expressed an intent to run against current Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Another potential challenger is Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who is expected to join the race next month.

    A self-described socialist, Sanders is an advocate for tighter Wall Street regulation and for the creation of a more robust social safety net.

    Sanders has been openly considering a bid for months and has visited early presidential primary states to test the waters for his campaign.

    Following the statement on Thursday, Sanders is also expected to hold a campaign kickoff event in Vermont next month.


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