Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised more than $1 million for his 2020 presidential campaign in less than four hours, his team confirms, putting him well ahead of other contenders who launched their bids with strong financial support. Sanders, I-Vermont, formally joined the presidential race Tuesday morning, telling "CBS This Morning" he intends to win the Democratic nomination and the White House next year.
"We're gonna win," he told "CBS This Morning" co-host John Dickerson. In his second run, Sanders is vowing to launch a grassroots movement that will "lay the groundwork for transforming the economic and political life of this country."
An aide confirmed Tuesday morning that Sanders had easily raised more than $1 million in the first three and a half hours since the senator launched his campaign at 7 a.m. ET. One senior aide who confirmed the sum added at around 7 a.m. PT, "And California is just getting up."
Maybe, but the fix is still in for Hot Tamale Harris as far as a sizable wing of the party establishment is concerned (which is why you haven't heard any #MeToo noises out of the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua lately). Harris checks all the usual party-line boxes, but she does have one significant drawback that the Democrats will have to obscure if she is to win: she's mean as a snake (probably even worse than Amy Klobuchar) and, except to Willie Brown, absolutely unlovable. She can be defeated head-to-head by any Democrat who can get her to lose her temper in public.
On with the show!