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Session 152

Rapper Kanye West has officially launched his campaign for the 2020 US presidential election, with an unorthodox rally in Charleston, South Carolina. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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News Review

Kanye West says he'll run for US president

Kanye West has officially launched his campaign for the 2020 US presidential election, with an unorthodox rally in Charleston, South Carolina.
The 43-year-old rapper, is running as a candidate for his self-styled "Birthday Party".

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The story

And over in the US, Kanye West has officially launched his campaign to run for president. He cried onstage about abortion, but said it should stay legal. Some think it’s all a publicity stunt, though. And we don’t know if he’ll get enough support to actually get on the voting papers.

Key words and phrases

launches a bid
starts an attempt to achieve something

  • NASA has launched a bid to put the first human on Mars.
  • Our rivals have launched a takeover bid.

rambling
confusing and too long

  • My boss’s rambling meetings make everyone confused.
  • Her rambling answer didn’t make things very clear.

chaotic
without order; confused

  • I felt exhausted after attending a chaotic children’s party.
  • There were chaotic scenes in the shops on Black Friday.

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