Government & Politics

Oliver Parini, VPR

Senator Bernie Sanders heads to New Hampshire Wednesday to officially start campaigning as a Democratic presidential candidate. Sanders is holding town hall meetings in Concord and Portsmouth on Wednesday, with a house party in Epping. His New Hampshire supporters say his local ties and longstanding practice of holding town hall meetings and people-to-people campaigning will serve him well in the state that holds the nation's first primary.

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Hours before Bernie Sanders took the stage Tuesday to kick off his presidential campaign, people were arriving at Burlington's Waterfront Park to show their support.

Oliver Parini for VPR

With Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains behind him, Sen. Bernie Sanders officially kicked off his presidential campaign Tuesday afternoon at Waterfront Park in Burlington.

Oliver Parini for VPR

If it wasn't official before, it is now: Bernie Sanders is running for president. Supporters, members of the press and onlookers are descending upon Burlington's Waterfront Park this afternoon to see the independent senator — who is running as a Democrat — launch his bid for a primary nomination. 

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Plenty of people know a lot about Sen. Bernie Sanders' politics – they’ve been remarkably consistent over the years – but with Sanders kicking off his presidential run this week, there are plenty of other questions. How can Sanders beat Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton? How will Sanders’ Vermont roots influence the way voters think about him? Will Vermont’s close proximity to New Hampshire make a difference in Sanders’ efforts to win that state’s first-in-the-nation primary?

Carolyn Kaster / AP

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially kicks off his campaign to become the Democratic nominee for President with a big event on the Burlington waterfront Tuesday afternoon. Live at noon, we talk to politics watchers about Senator Sanders' career, chances and the campaign to come.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Even though Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his run for president more than 18 months before the general election, he and his staff had to move quickly.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Secretary of State Jim Condos says he's optimistic that the passage of a same-day voter registration bill this session will help increase turnout in Vermont.

Donna Light/Evan Vucci / AP

Vermont's Independent senator and Democratic presidential hopeful will be kicking off his campaign in earnest on May 26 in Burlington — and his speech may have a familiar ring to it.

Through his 1980s tenure as the mayor of Burlington, his 15 years as a U.S. congressman and his past two terms in the U.S. Senate, on many issues — income inequality, health care, education — Sanders has echoed, well, himself.

Andrew Harnik / AP

Sen. Patrick Leahy says Republican Senate leaders are using pressure tactics to try to win approval for the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Leahy's proposal to rein in the government's electronic surveillance program is at the heart of the dispute in Washington.