Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning independent U.S. Senator, is launching his long shot Democratic nomination presidential campaign next Tuesday (May 26th) with a rally along the Lake Champlain waterfront in his home city of Burlington, where his political career began in earnest with his 1981 upset election in the mayor’s race.
Sanders event will take place at 5 p.m. at Waterfront Park, with a rain venue of Memorial Auditorium a few blacks away on Main Street. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be served.
``My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have special place in my heart. There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold and event this important,’’ Sanders said in a news release.
``In Vermont I have learned that focusing on important issues and not engaging in negative campaigns is what people want. I have learned that grassroots campaigning – holding town meetings, knocking on doors, face-to-face discussions –is more important than money in winning elections. That is the lesson I will take with me around the country on this national campaign,’’ said Sanders.
Sanders said his formal kickoff will set the stage for the campaign. ~~I will lay out an agenda for America which addresses the major crisis we face and a vision of government which works for all of our people and not just the billionaire class.’’
Sanders has been very successful over his many years in political office in motivating white, working-class voters in a state that has few members of minority groups
After the Burlington campaign opening, Sanders will travel to New Hampshire and Iowa.