Guide to 2016 Campaign: the Democrats (4)
July 26, 2015

Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.
Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders is a U.S. senator from Vermont. He is an independent – in other words, he does not belong to an official party. However, he votes Democratic in the Senate and is running for the Democratic nomination for president. He calls himself a “democratic socialist.”

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

People from the most liberal end of the party support him. That support from the left gives Mr. Sanders the possibility of bringing in money by small-dollar fundraising. In other words, instead of a few wealthy people giving him a lot of money, many common people are likely to give him a little money.

Mr. Sanders has been in Congress since 1991. He served as a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming a senator in 2007. He has strongly criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free-trade agreement that President Obama supports.

Mr. Sanders is 73, which would make him the oldest person sworn in as president if he is elected. While he seems to be a long shot for the nomination, he says he can win.

He announced his candidacy on April 30, 2015.