Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announces re-election bid

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Sanders said. "Working together over the past few years we have accomplished a great deal - but much, much more remains to be done".

According to an email from his campaign, Sen.

"If reelected, you can be sure that I will continue to be the fiercest opponent in the Senate to the right-wing extremism of Trump and the Republican leadership", the 76-year-old Vermont senator said on Twitter.

In a press release announcing the decision Monday, the two-term USA senator said he would seek another six years in Congress to continue fighting wealth inequality in the country.

The 2018 Midterm Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. And in that capacity he plans to actively campaign this year for a number of Democrats across the country who support his progressive agenda.

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Chuck Todd, host of NBC News' "Meet the Press", asked Sanders what he would say to national Democrats who warn against nominating candidates who "are too progressive". The candidate said he would formally launch his campaign in June with rallies across Vermont.

"You know, Chuck, numerous issues that I campaigned on two years ago - issues like Medicare for all, raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour, and taking on the pharmaceutical industry, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, legalizing marijuana - a few years ago those were seen as radical, fringy ideas", the senator explained. "I think it is fair to say that from an ideological point of view, what the Democratic Party should stand for, we have kind of won that debate".

So far, one Republican has filed petitions to run against Sanders: Jasdeep Pannu of Essex. He plans to maintain it during a third term in the U.S. Senate.

"Honestly, that's not where my mind is right now", Sanders said.

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