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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced his intentions to seek a fourth term in the Senate, citing the importance of the upcoming national election. 

During his announcement, Senator Sanders said, “This is the most important national election in our lifetimes. We must fight to make sure that we remain a democracy, not an authoritarian society. We must fight to make sure that we have a government which represents the working families of our country, not the billionaire class and wealthy campaign contributors. We must fight to make sure that women can control their own bodies, and that we save the planet from the ravages of climate change. The stakes are enormous. This is an election we must not lose.”

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Campaigns In Stockton, California

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has won all his previous Senate races comfortably, including his last election in 2018 by a 40-point margin. His influence has grown significantly since his presidential campaigns and as chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Having spent over four decades in public service, including terms as a House member and mayor of Burlington. 

Recently, Sanders has been vocal about his criticisms of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s actions in Gaza. Last month, he voted against a $95 billion foreign aid package, arguing against further funding for what he calls “Netanyahu’s war machine.” “U.S. taxpayers should not be providing billions more to the extremist Netanyahu government to continue its devastating war against the Palestinian people,” he stated.

At 82, Sanders is one of the oldest members of the Senate, with only Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) older. His decision to seek another term differs from that of other older senators in the Senate. Recently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he would not seek reelection in 2026. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Tom Carper (D-DE), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Joe Manchin also plan to retire at the end of their current terms.


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