NAME: Bernie SandersSTATUS: Began campaign May 26, 2015

NAME: Bernie Sanders

STATUS: Began campaign May 26, 2015

QUOTE: Sanders, Vermont's independent senator, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Clinton. But he rejects the notion that he's simply in the race to shape the debate. "Hillary Clinton is a candidate. I am a candidate. I suspect there will be other candidates. The people in this country will make their choice."

In December 2014, Sanders said that if he ran, he intended to win. "I don't want to do it unless I can do it well. I don't want to do it unless we can win this thing."

DID YOU KNOW? Sanders hails from Brooklyn, where he grew up in a Jewish family that was, he says, solidly lower middle class. (Credit: Getty Images / Win McNamee)

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