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Bernie Sanders is heading back to Texas to rally supporters

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Senator Bernie Sanders is embarking on a second run for president. This time the field will be bigger, more diverse and filled with candidates who have adopted his progressive populist mantle.
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Senator Bernie Sanders is embarking on a second run for president. This time the field will be bigger, more diverse and filled with candidates who have adopted his progressive populist mantle.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is heading back to Texas.

In his first trip here since announcing his 2020 presidential bid, Sanders — one of more than a dozen Democrats who have declared they are in the 2020 presidential race — will be in Houston next week.

On Wednesday, April 24, the Vermont senator will attend a She the People presidential candidate forum at Texas Southern University geared to draw women of color into politics.

An invitation by the forum was sent all the Democrats who have already declared they are running for president in 2020. Others attending include Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klouchar and Elizabeth Warren as well as Texans Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke.

After the forum, Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton in 2016, will hold a free public rally at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., in downtown Houston.

His goal is to “share his vision for the country,” a press release stated.

Organizers say tickets are not required for the event, but they are encouraging RSVPs, which can be done online.

The event starts at 5 p.m. but doors open at 3:30 p.m., the online rally invitation states.

Sanders, one of the Democratic front-runners for the party’s nomination, has been drawing large crowds as he travels across the country campaigning.

A recent Iowa poll shows that former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet announced he’s running for the White House, along with Sanders and Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg lead the Democratic presidential candidates.

Sanders last traveled to Texas last year to encourage Democratic voters to cast ballots in the mid-term elections.

In 2017, he drew a crowd of thousands to the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, asking the crowd if they were ready for a political revolution. That year, he was part of the Democratic multi-state “Come Together and Fight Back” tour geared to unite Democrats in opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is the keynote speaker at the "Come Together Fight Back" rally in the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.


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