- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“Paid for by Bernie Sanders. Not the billionaires,” states the campaign motto of Sen. Bernie Sanders; the Vermont Independent who kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday in Burlington - to be followed by a 10-event tour through New Hampshire and Iowa in the 48 hours that follow.

“A political revolution is coming,” he says. “We are at a moment of truth. We need to face up to the reality of where we are as a nation, and we need a mass movement of people to fight for change. I believe America is ready for a new path to the future.”

He is the busiest of all the presidential hopefuls this week. He’ll introduce his presidential intention in a waterfront park while a Zydeco band plays and fans enjoy free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream; the company’s founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield will be by his side, incidentally.

“Don’t underestimate me. We’re going to do better than people think. And I think we’ve got a shot to win this thing,” Mr. Sanders told CNBC.

His campaign event in Vermont at 5 p.m. ET will be live streamed online here

Mr. Sanders rushes to New Hampshire on Wednesday for town meetings in Concord, Portsmouth and Eppington. By Thursday, Mr. Sanders will be Iowa for more town meetings in Davenport, Muscatine, West Branch, Iowa City and Kensett in 48 hours.

He’ll be pushing his new “Agenda for America” wherever he goes. And Mr. Sanders, 73, is in a fighting mood when it comes to the press.

“In terms of campaign coverage, there is more coverage about the political gossip of the campaign, about raising money, about polling, about somebody saying something dumb, or some kid works for a campaign and sends out something stupid on Facebook, right?” Mr. Sanders said during a CNN appearance on Sunday. “The media’s job is to say, ‘Look, these are the major issues facing the country.’ We’re a democracy. People have different points of view. Let’s argue it.”

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