U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will formally launch a 2016 presidential bid on Thursday, according to reports.
The Independent senator will run for the Democratic presidential nomination, challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who launched her bid earlier this month.
Sanders, a member of the Senate since 2007, has been a fierce critic of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision, even seeking to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn the ruling. Sanders has also been critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as Clinton's potential for successfully attacking the issue of income inequality.
The senator visited Chicago earlier this month to campaign for mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and newly-elected 10th Ward alderman Susan Sadlowski-Garza.
"In this country today, with the massive level of income and wealth inequality that we have, with the middle class disappearing and poverty at an almost all-time high, we need a political revolution," Sanders said during his Chicago visit.
"What we need are millions of working people to begin to stand up and say, 'Enough is enough,'" Sanders added. "The billionaire class can't have it all, and we need government to start representing ordinary Americans,