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Bernie Sanders Kicks Off 2020 Campaign With Brooklyn Rally: ‘I Know Where I Came From’

Senator Bernie Sanders officially kicked off his 2020 campaign at his first rally in Brooklyn today, thanking everyone for “being part of a political revolution which is going to transform America.”

“I want to welcome you to a campaign,” he said, “which says loudly and clearly that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred, and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and religious bigotry. It will not be tax breaks for billionaires and efforts to throw millions off the health care that they currently have. This campaign is going to end all of that. The principles of our government will be based on justice, on economic justice, on social justice, on racial justice, on environmental justice.”

Sanders got personal at one point, telling the crowd “I know where I came from”:

“Coming from a lower middle class family, I will never forget about how money, or really lack of money, was always a point of stress in our family. My mother’s dream was that someday our family would move out of that rent-controlled apartment to a home of our own. That dream was never fulfilled. She died young while we still lived in that rent-controlled apartment. My experience as a child living in a family that struggled economically powerfully influenced my life and my values. I know where I came from! And that is something that I will never forget.”

He went on to knock President Donald Trump, saying, “Unlike Donald Trump who shut down the government and left 800,000 federal employees without income it pay their bills, I know what it is like to be in a family that lives paycheck to paycheck.”

You can watch part of his speech above, via CNN.

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