MONTPELIER — Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a formal campaign kick-off event for his presidential bid on Tuesday at Burlington’s Waterfront Park, his campaign announced Wednesday.
Sanders, Vermont’s junior senator in Washington, has already filed to become a candidate, but plans to announce his candidacy along the shore of Lake Champlain in the city where his political career began as mayor in 1981. The independent promises free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and live music.
“My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart. There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important,” Sanders said in a statement.
The self-described democratic socialist is sure to provide many of his trademark assaults on the “billionaire class” and the income inequality he says is plaguing America.
“The formal kickoff will set the stage for the campaign to come. I will lay out an ‘Agenda for America’ which addresses the major crises we face and a vision of a government which works for all of our people and not just the billionaire class,” Sanders said.
The even will take place at 5 p.m. along Burlington’s waterfront. It will be moved to Memorial Auditorium in Burlington in the event of rain.
Sanders’ campaign announced he will then travel to New Hampshire, the site of the nation’s first primary, on Wednesday, before heading to Iowa, site of the first presidential caucus, on Thursday.