Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said in an interview after announcing his presidential campaign on Tuesday that he’s “gonna win” in 2020, CBS News reports.
Sanders, who previously ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016, told “CBS This Morning” co-host John Dickerson that he hopes to "lay the groundwork for transforming the economic and political life of this country."
The Vermont independent told CBS that the top priority for Democrats must be to keep President Donald Trump from winning reelection.
"It is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated, because I think it is unacceptable and un-American, to be frank with you, that we have a president who is a pathological liar," he said.
"We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who is doing what no president in our lifetimes has come close to do doing, and that is trying to divide us up," Sanders added.
He pointed out that some of the policies he’s advocated for over the years, such as universal healthcare, a higher minimum wage and providing public higher education free of tuition, have become popular within the Democratic Party after being dismissed as fringe ideas in the past.
"All of those ideas people were saying, 'Oh Bernie, they're so radical. They are extreme. The American people just won't accept those ideas.' Well, you know what's happened in over three years? All of those ideas and many more are now part of the political mainstream," the senator said.