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Bernie Sanders’ fast cash: Campaign nets $1M in less than four hours

February 19, 2019

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ fans tore holes in their wallets within hours of his 2020 presidential campaign announcement.

It took the Vermont independent less than four hours to garner $1 million in contributions for the continuation of his self-described “political revolution,” his campaign announced.

In comparison, Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, needed 24 hours to reach $1.5 million with her campaign, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Mr. Sanders, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in 2016, will have added competition from his peers, many of whom are trying to politically outflank him from the left.

Democrats vying to capture the party’s presidential nomination include Ms. Harris and fellow Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“Three years ago, we were told ideas like Medicare for all, tuition-free college and a $15 minimum wage were ‘radical’ and ‘extreme.’ These policies and more are now supported by a majority of Americans,” Mr. Sanders boasted on Twitter Tuesday.

“CBS This Morning” co-host John Dickerson told Mr. Sanders on Tuesday that it sounded like his argument before voters might be, “I was for Medicare for all before Medicare for all was cool.”

“I guess that’s one way of looking at it,” Mr. Sanders replied with a laugh.