Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his bid to be the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2016 presidential elections on Thursday, according to Vermont Public Radio.
Sanders (73), the longest serving independent Senator, will become the second person after former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to announce a presidential bid from the Democratic Party.
He is expected to make a short statement announcing his candidacy Thursday and a campaign kickoff event in the coming weeks.
The veteran independent senator, who describes himself as a "democratic socialist" caucuses with Democrats in Senate, is known for his progressive policies and will challenge Hillary Clinton, who is the early front runner, from the left.
He recently stalled a bill allowing fast track approval of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, a 12-nation agreement to boost trade between the signatories by easing the barriers.
“She's going to have to be clear ... Are you on the side of working people who would suffer as a result of this disastrous trade agreement, and seeing their jobs go to China or Mexico, or are you on the side of corporate America? It's not a very difficult choice,” Sanders said questioning Clinton’s position on the agreement.
The senator has been signalling a presidential run recently, touring the nation and making public speeches in states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.