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All those Americans who still drive around with "Bernie" stickers on their cars will be happy: they don't need to scrape them off. Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, is running again for the US presidency. The last time he'd made his announcement to a handful of journalists on a patch of lawn outside the Capitol, he'd been an outsider who no one believed would seriously contest favorite Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Four years later, his second candidacy is a major media event, accompanied by excited tweets and lengthy analysis. If you believe the previous polls, Sanders himself is now one of the favorites for the democratic primary.

"We started a political revolution with the last campaign," he said on Vermont Public Radio, "now is the time to continue this revolution." It is not just about defeating Donald Trump, whom Sanders described as "the most dangerous president in modern American history" and as "racists, sexists and xenophobes". It is about forming a government based on economic, social and ethnic justice. The last time he presented his progressive agenda, his ideas were dismissed as radical and extreme, he wrote in an email to his supporters: "They are now supported by a majority of Americans."

It remains to be seen whether this is really the case. But the fact is that since Sanders' first candidacy, some things have changed that benefit him - and some that speak against him. The Democrats have moved to the left in recent years. Many of his most important and earliest items on the program are now mainstream there. This applies to the standard health insurance fund, the statutory minimum wage of $ 15 or the reform of the rules for party funding: there is hardly a democratic politician who does not share these demands, and hardly a presidential candidate who does not vow not to accept any money from lobby groups. The nominally independent senator has left his mark on the party.

The loud complaint about America's super-rich is now heard from many Democrats

At the same time, Sanders lost an advantage. While in 2016 he benefited from the fact that he was the only alternative to Clinton for Democratic partisans, this time he is one of very many applicants - the "Please not Hillary" bonus is gone. Some of these competitors have a decidedly leftist program themselves, most notably Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts senator who recently unveiled a wealth tax plan for the super-rich. The loud complaint about the "millionaires and billionaires", which takes up a lot of space in every Sanders speech, is now also being brought forward by other Democrats. So it is quite possible that the votes of the Sanders voters will be distributed among different candidates.

Perhaps for this reason, too, Sanders did a lot to broaden his profile, for example by taking up more foreign policy issues. Together with Republican Mike Lee, he tabled a resolution, later referred by the Senate, calling for an end to US support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen. He found a majority in the Republican Senate. Sanders has also expanded his support base, which made it possible for him to endanger Clinton in 2016 with thousands of small donations. He's done dozen of gigs across the country in the past few months.

When he took office, Sanders would be 79 years old

However, it is not just certain substantive priorities that have changed for the Democrats, the weight that women and African-Americans have in the party has also changed. In the opposition, the Democrats have become more feminine and colorful. Sanders, the son of a Jewish family born in Brooklyn, struggled to get black votes the last time he ran. In the important primary state of South Carolina, only 14 percent of African Americans voted for Sanders at the time, while 86 percent voted for Clinton. Added to this are the allegations of sexual harassment by employees of his campaign at the time that have come to light in recent weeks, which apparently completely bypassed Sanders - a problem in times of the "Me Too" movement.

And then there's the candidate's age. Sanders is 77 years old today. In the event of a victory in the primary elections, he would be the oldest candidate a major party has ever nominated. If he then won the presidential election, he would be 79 years old when he took office in January 2021. A fresh face looks different.