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Sen. Bernie Sanders launches presidential campaign focusing on inequality
Sen. Bernie Sanders launches presidential campaign focusing on inequality

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and avowed socialist, formally launched his campaign for the presidency Thursday, promising to make the economic unease of America’s middle class the driving force of his long-shot bid. In an era in which running for the nation’s highest office has become a vehicle for self-promotion for some, Sanders’ kickoff was a classic underdog pitch to draw greater attention to his chief issues, economic inequality and a political system increasingly tilted to the well-off. “This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders,” the rumpled 73-year-old said at a news conference outside the Capitol. “It is about a grass-roots...

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