Senator Bernie Sanders warns the press not to underestimate him in the 2016 campaign for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States

don't underestimate meBernie Sanders: I’m not running against Hillary Clinton. I am running for the democratic nomination for president of the United States. Hillary Clinton is a candidate. I am a candidate. I suspect that there will be other candidates.

The people in this country will make their choice. I have known Eleizabeth Warren for many, many years. I think Elizabeth Warren is doing a great job in the Senate. She is a good friend of mine. And I think our views parallel on many, many issues.

But we are going to take our campaign to the American people. I think we are going to have the support of a whole lot of working people in this country, people in the middle class, people concerned about the environment, people concerned about women’s rights. And I think that we are going to do just fine.

I am not going to have a Super PAC in this campaign, We have up to this point—we have only been in for a couple of week—received over 100,000 individual donations. And you know what the average donation was? About $42 a piece.  That’s the world I live in.

I don’t go to fund raisers where millionaires sit around rooms, saying here’s a million, here’s five million for your Super PAC.  That’s not my life.  That’s not my world.

And I think the American people are saying that is not what our politics should be about; that is not what our democracy should be about.

I think we have a message that resonates.  It resonates in Vermont, and I think it is going to resonate all over this country.  Don’t underestimate me.

About William Brighenti

William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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