US senator Sanders seeks Democratic presidential bid

One of America's most liberal senators, Vermont's Bernie Sanders, said he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, presenting a challenge to Hillary Clinton from the party's left flankOne of America’s most liberal senators, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, said he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, presenting a challenge to Hillary Clinton from the party’s left flank. The 73-year-old Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats but has described himself as a “socialist,” told USA Today newspaper and the Associated Press, that he will seek the party’s presidential nomination for 2016. Sanders’ entry into the race is not likely to pose a serious threat to Clinton’s frontrunner status, but could force her to clarify her positions on hot-button issues such as free trade deals currently under negotiation, which the party’s left wing and unions oppose. “I do have doubts about whether Hillary Clinton or whether any Republican candidate out there is prepared to take on the big money interests who control so much of our economy,” Sanders told Fox News earlier this month.

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