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Bernie Sanders greets young gun law reform advocates. Photo by Lorie Shaull.

If I run

by Bernie Sanders

Let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.

Whenever I am asked about running for president in 2020, I answer that if I am the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, then I will probably run. That is the truth.

If that happens, the political, financial and media elite of this country will stop at nothing to defeat us. You know that. We’ve lived through it together once before. Our ideas terrify them. So what they will do is try to divide us up with attacks — some old, some new — and our political opponents will spend obscene sums of money on ads to defeat us.

I just did not expect the attack ads to begin before I even made a decision. But they have.

Right now, a group of Wall Street Democrats known as the Third Way is running ads in early primary states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — calling me out by name and saying our ideas, like Medicare for all, are a path to defeat in 2020.

They not only want to discourage or defeat a Sanders candidacy, they want to make sure that the progressive agenda is not advanced by anyone. They want us to go back to their failed corporate approach which has led to a massive level of income and wealth inequality, a bloated military budget and a failure to address the crises of climate change, a broken criminal justice system and inhumane immigration policies.

Last time we ran, we made the financial elite pay a price for their attacks on our progressive agenda. It is just as important we do it again today.

Our agenda terrifies the political and financial establishment of this country.

But the truth is, their agenda should terrify all of us.

Our ideas will lift people out of poverty, they will guarantee health care as a right for every man, woman and child, and they will make certain that every person in this country with the ability and the desire can get the education they need, regardless of the income of their family.

Ours is not a radical agenda. It’s the agenda the American people want.

Their agenda, paid for by wealthy campaign contributors, has led to record levels of inequality, a health care system that costs more per capita than any other developed nation while leaving millions uninsured and underinsured, and grotesque amounts of student debt that rob many of our young people of their futures.

Theirs is the agenda that made Donald Trump possible. Ours is the agenda that will defeat him.

In 2016 we faced the kitchen sink. If we run again, you should expect no less. But the political revolution is stronger and larger than ever, and they will be no match for us if we’re in this fight together.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

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Senator Kamala Harris visits Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC — December 18 press release by Senator Harris’s office — US Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently returned from Kabul, Afghanistan and other locations in the country where she met American servicemembers, diplomats, and national security professionals supporting the Afghan military in their fight against insurgent forces and terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban, toured numerous bases across the country, and received briefings on U.S. military operations in the region. Harris joined US Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) on the congressional delegation.

“During my time in Afghanistan, I was honored to meet with United States service members, including many from California, who make daily sacrifices on behalf of their country and who are away from home during this holiday season. I was grateful to receive on the ground briefings on the state of the region and discuss how best to keep our country and our allies safe from the threat posed by terrorism,” said Harris. “I remain eager to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan so we can bring US servicemembers and national security professionals home.”

Since joining the US Senate, Harris has also visited Iraq, where she met with troops to discuss the challenges they faced in the fight to defeat ISIS. Earlier this year, Harris visited Marines Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, where she received briefings on the base’s capabilities and met with servicemembers and spouses of active duty Marines and visited the U.S. Navy’s submarine base in San Diego.

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