Cornel West launches 2024 presidential campaign
Driving the news: "In these bleak times, I have decided to run for truth and justice, which takes the form of running for president of the United States as a candidate for the People's Party," the 70-year-old democratic socialist said in a video posted online.
- West added that he cares about voters as he said neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party "wants to tell the truth" on a range of issues.
The big picture: The former Harvard University professor has pledged to abolish medical debt, expand civil liberties, disband NATO and bring troops home, according to West's campaign site.
- His announcement came the same day former Vice President Mike Pence (R) filed paperwork to officially launch his 2024 presidential bid.