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Bernie Sanders, 82, is running for re-election to the US Senate

Bernie Sanders, 82, is running for re-election to the US Senate

(Washington) – The famous left-wing US Senator Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the White House, announced on Monday that he is a candidate for re-election to Congress, at the age of 82.

The representative-elect from Vermont said in a press release: “Today I announce my intention to run for a new term.”

Bernie Sanders is known for more than 40 years of promoting socialist ideas, long considered utopian or unthinkable in the United States.

He was a candidate for the White House in 2016, and then in 2020. He had to surrender against Joe Biden, during the Democratic primaries, in the middle of a pandemic.

The senator is very popular among some young Americans, and since then he has generally supported the policies pursued by his former Democratic rival in the White House.

With one notable exception: Bernie Sanders in recent weeks has sharply criticized the Biden administration's support for Israel, denouncing the “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza and the “terrible policies” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The independent senator warned that the pro-Palestinian mobilization rocking American campuses “could be Biden’s Vietnam,” which he fears will lose “not only young people, but also a significant portion of the Democratic base.”

The new nomination of Bernie Sanders is also part of lively discussions about the aging of the American political class.

President Joe Biden is 81 years old. Donald Trump, his Republican rival in the November presidential election, 77.