According to sources close to the Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders is expected to announce a presidential bid this coming Thursday.
Sanders, who is a self-described socialist, will be running as a Democrat against the party frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.
The launch will likely be a low-key announcement — no big rally or high-budget video. The senator is expected to have a larger campaign kickoff in a few weeks, most likely in Vermont, before heading to early presidential nominating states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.
Sanders, 73, has been openly considering a presidential bid for months, and in recent days has begun to focus his attention on staffing. Tad Devine, an informal adviser and longtime friend to the senator, has said that a Sanders campaign would focus heavily on three major issues — campaign finance reform, climate change and income inequality.
“He has to plot a completely different path that doesn’t have a lot to do with her,” longtime Sanders adviser Tad Devine said.
“If you do it, you gotta do it well,” Sanders said at a town hall in D.C.’s Columbia Heights last week. “And I say that not just for my own ego, of which I have a big one, but because I would be carrying the hopes and views of many millions of people.”