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Bernie Sanders Announces He's Running for President Again in 2020

The Vermont senator enters the race as a front runner, having become a household name.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced he is running for president in 2020.

"I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he wrote in an email to supporters after an interview on Vermont Public Radio.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. The proposed legislation, which will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

"Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice," he continued, laying into Trump as "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."

Sanders ran for the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016 unsuccessfully against Hillary Clinton, selling a message of fixing income inequality, holding Wall Street accountable, addressing climate change, and offering Medicare for All and free college.

He is presenting the same message in this year's pitch, his campaign announcement video leaning heavily on drawing attention to the extent to which Sanders' progressive ideals have begun to become realities, and shape the Democratic Party. He has been credited, in particular by supporters, with helping to push the party further to the left on economic issues.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) questions Andrew Wheeler during his confirmation hearing to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency before the in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. A former coal lobbyist, Wheeler has been acting administrator of the EPA since July, when Scott Pruitt stepped down amid multiple ethics investigations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

"I can tell you very happily, and I think any objective observer would confirm what I'm saying, is that in the last year and half or so, the Democratic Party has moved in a far more progressive direction than they were before I ran for president," he said on CBS This Morning.

Sanders will now face off against a more progressive, crowded, and diverse field than he was met with in his previous attempt to win the nomination.

The spot also appears well aware of the importance of drawing the support of black voters, which was a struggle for Sanders in 2016, despite his history of civil rights activism.

A picture of Sanders protesting against segregation in 1963 flashes on the screen at one point, as voice-over declares, "The fight against injustice has been the work of his life."

"Jobs and education, not jails and incarceration," Sanders says in the video, which also highlights the need for reform to protect immigrants.

Unlike during his first run, Sanders is now a household name, and enters the race as a front runner instead of the decided underdog to Clinton.

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