By JUANA SUMMERS / The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — Seeking to rebut President Donald Trump’s attempts to cast him and Democrats as too liberal, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to give a speech Wednesday on democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career.
Sanders made similar remarks during his first presidential campaign in 2016, when he faced questions about his decades-long association with democratic socialists. He’s again confronting criticism from within and outside the Democratic Party during his second presidential bid, and the speech, which the campaign is billing as a major address, is an attempt to reframe the debate about his views.
But he’s doing this in a reshaped political landscape in which he’s no longer the sole progressive taking on an establishment candidate, as he was in 2016 when he battled Hillary Clinton. He’s one of two dozen Democratic White House hopefuls, several of whom are also unabashed liberals. And they’re all operating in an environment dominated by Trump.
“We now have a president who is attacking me and others because we believe in democratic socialism,” Sanders said in a Tuesday interview with The…