Did you feel the Bern in 2016? If so, you’re in luck: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the progressive darling whose left-wing platform failed to secure him the Democratic nomination, is considering another go at the nation’s highest office come 2020.
“Yes, is the answer,” a Sanders associate who worked for the senator’s 2016 campaign told The Hill when asked whether he had already begun considering another run.
“He thinks he’s earned the right to run again, and he believes if he would have been the [Democratic] candidate he would have won against Trump,” the source added, noting that Sanders is assessing the possible rivals that may surface. “The last thing he’s going to do is step aside and let Joe Biden take it.”
Sanders, 75, awakened speculation that he would be running again in 2020 by traveling to Iowa earlier this month, where he gave the keynote address at the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement’s “action convention.” He had not traveled to the swing state since he lost the Iowa caucus to Hillary Clinton in February of last year.
The senator has another Iowa trip scheduled for next month to discuss his new book called “Bernie Sanders: Guide to Political Revolution.” He also held rallies in West Virginia and Kentucky earlier this month that resembled his campaign rallies and saw Sanders rail against the Republican health care agenda.
In a recent interview on SiriusXM Progress channel’s “Make It Plain With Mark Thompson,” Sanders left his options open.
“No, I am not taking it off the table,” he said when asked about a 2020 bid. “I just have not made any decisions, and I think it’s much too early.”
Sanders and his wife, Jane Sanders, both lawyered up amid a bank fraud investigation into a loan she secured as president of the now-defunct Burlington College in Vermont. She is accused of misrepresenting the school’s philanthropic donations in order to fund a pricy land deal.