If you think Bernie Sanders isn’t a serious candidate or that he can’t beat Hillary Clinton, think again. While Hillary has not disclosed how much she has raised so far, the three Republican contenders that have formally announced their candidacy have, and has Bernie Sanders.
Within the first 24 hours of officially announcing his run for President of the United States, Bernie Sanders hauled in well over $1.5million. What makes that even more impressive is that he has said outright that he will not form a Super PAC, he does not want the backing of corporations and billionaires, calling the buying of our government, campaigns and the election process by those very people “vulgar.” More than 35,000 donated an average of $43.54 and more than 100,000 people have signed up to donate their time to his campaign.
To put that in perspective, in the first 24 hours of their campaigns, Marco Rubio raised $1.25 million and Rand Paul and Ted Cruz each raised about $1 million. Considering he has no backing other than the actual people who will be voting for him, this is very impressive indeed.
We’re in this race to win. I’ve asked people to understand my history. You are looking at a guy, undisputedly, who has the most unusual political history of anybody in the United States Congress. It’s just that I’m the longest serving Independent in Congress… In my last election I got 71% of the vote… The point is if you raise the issues that are in the hearts and minds of the American people, if you put together a movement that says ‘we have got to stand together and say that this capitol, this beautiful capitol, our country belongs to all of us–and not the billionaire class. That is raising an issue. That is winning elections.
Another big plus, Bernie promises to run on issues and offer solutions, not run a smear campaign against the other candidates. A long overdue concept, indeed. Things definitely just got interesting.
WATCH him announce his candidacy:
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