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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders signs autographs as Clinton makes surprise showing on stage Obama makes case for Clinton to succeed him FULL SPEECH: President Obama at the Democratic convention MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday said he worried about the future of American politics due to the influence of wealthy special interests.
“It should be the concern of every American,” he said.
“We need a political revolution of millions of people in this country who are prepared to stand up and say, ‘enough is enough,’” Sanders argued. “I want to help lead that effort.”
Sanders’s words are among the first salvos of his 2016 Democratic presidential campaign. He argued on Sunday that his chief Democratic competitor, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had become too isolated from average Americans.
“Hillary Clinton has been a part of the political establishment for many, many years,” Sanders said.
The Vermont lawmaker also doubled down on charges he supports socialism. Advocating that economic system, Sanders claimed, was not necessarily a negative.
“What’s wrong with that?” he retorted after Stephanopoulos asked if he would like an America more similar to Scandinavia.
“Look, the fact of the matter is, we do a lot in our country, which is good, but we can learn from other countries,” he added.
“And in those countries, by and large, government works for ordinary people and the middle class, rather than, as is the case right now in our country, for the billionaire class,” Sander said.
Sanders officially announced his Oval Office bid on Thursday. His entrance into the 2016 election inspired $1.5 million in donations from 35,000 contributors that same day.