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What Is a Sanders Democrat?

The Vermont senator won't win, but he can play a useful role.
Can this man beat Hillary Clinton?

Can this man beat Hillary Clinton?

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The anti-Hillary has arrived.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is announcing his campaign for president Thursday, will not be running for the Democratic nomination for president backed by a billion-dollar campaign operation, a powerful think tank or a lifetime collection of "Friends of Bill." But as a self-described "democratic socialist" and fan of Scandinavian social welfare models, Sanders will have little trouble defining himself.