Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced his run for president today, imploring the media to let the candidates discuss the real issues. 

Sanders lamented the fact that modern political campaigns have become "soap operas" filled with gossip and attacks. 

"I've never run a negative ad in my life. ... I hate and detest these 30-second ugly, negative ads. I believe that in a democracy, what elections are about are serious debates over serious issues," he said on Capitol Hill. 

Sanders, who has described himself as a "democratic socialist," is an independent in the Senate, but caucuses with Democrats and is seeking the Democratic nomination. 

He said the country right now faces more "serious crises" than at any time since the Great Depression.

Sanders decried the fact that the top one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. 

"That type of economics is not only immoral, it's not only wrong, it's unsustainable. It can't continue," said Sanders. 

He went on to say that he favors free tuition at public universities, while the current campaign finance system is allowing billionaires to "buy elections and candidates."

The "Outnumbered" panel reacted to Sanders' announcement this afternoon and whether it makes any difference in a race where Hillary Clinton is viewed as the big favorite. 

Kirsten Powers said she believes Sanders is running in order to use the platform to talk about the things he is passionate about. 

"I think some of the things he talks about are really important to Americans. I actually think income inequality matters. I think people are concerned about what's going on," she said.

Powers agreed with Andrea Tantaros, who said that Sanders' presence will be "annoying" to Clinton, but not a threat. 

She questioned whether Sanders' candidacy might be a "stalking horse" for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who will be able to see the response to a candidate further to the left of Clinton. 

"We know there are a lot of people who are unhappy with Hillary, because they feel she's too far to the right, she's too in bed with big business, she's too hawkish. And is there an appetite to really have a serious candidate, like an Elizabeth Warren, who people actually really do like and would get behind in the Democratic Party? He can kind of give us a sense of whether his message is resonating with Democrats," said Powers.

Watch his remarks and the analysis in the clip above.