Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the longest-serving independent member of the U.S. Congress, kicks off his presidential campaign. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, officially kicked off his long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Making the announcement before a large and enthusiastic crowd, he spoke out against income inequality and what he called the "greed" of the wealthy and Wall Street. He said he will campaign for working class families and called for campaign finance reform and expanding Social Security. Sanders is known as one of the most outspoken liberals in Congress. The 73-year-old, second-term senator faces long odds against the fund-raising might and name recognition of Hillary Clinton - the Democratic front-runner and former U.S. secretary of state, senator and first lady - to head the Democratic presidential slate in the November 2016 election. Sanders is a former Burlington, Vermont, mayor and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.