Bernie Sanders pulls in $6 million over first day of 2020 campaign

Bernie Sanders pulls in $6 million over first day of 2020 campaign

Bernie Sanders pulls in $6 million over first day of 2020 campaign

A former adviser to Hillary Clinton suggested that Russian Federation is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, after the popular senator raised a whopping $6 million in the first 24 hours since announcing his 2020 campaign.

The Vermont independent, who again will seek to become the Democratic Party nominee, more than doubled the $1.5 million that Senator Kamala Harris raised from roughly 38,000 donors in the first 24 hours of her January 21 presidential campaign launch. The California Democrat had been the biggest first-day fundraiser in the race so far.

If Sanders this time around raises only half the $US228 million ($318.5 million) he did in his last run, he'd have a war chest most of the other candidates could only envy.

Sanders, a self-styled Democratic socialist who spent much of his almost 30-year congressional career on the political fringe, cast his candidacy as the best way to accomplish the mission he started four years ago when he ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. This time around, several other candidates will vie to represent the party's left, and many progressives, including some former prominent supporters of his, are skeptical that Sanders is best suited to carry their mantle. In his 2016 campaign, Sanders' political identity made him an intellectually dynamic and exciting contender who addressed America's anxieties and hopes.

Sander's announcement makes him the 10th major candidate to announce they're interested in taking on Donald Trump.

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Sanders had conceded the 2016 primaries to Clinton after a contentious and closely contested fight going right up to the party convention in Philadelphia.

"What's insane is that we have a president who is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud", he wrote.

His average donation this year was $27.

"We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age", Sanders said. "I wish him well!" While Sanders and his policies were once the outliers, they-or at least most of his policies-have now been co-opted by the mainstream.

"We were told that our ideas were "radical" and they were 'extreme, '" he said.

The independent senator's rivals appear to have taken note of that and have embraced some of his slogans while leaving themselves room to tinker with how the programs are defined.

Sanders also faces different pressures in the #MeToo era.

"It's a sign of Sanders' success that he now has so many imitators", Dante Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, told AFP.

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