Vermont’s U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has maintained a monumentally high popularity since his presidential campaign met an untimely end, and according to people close to him, he is talking about capitalizing on being America’s most loved Senator through launching a second presidential campaign.
Yes, Sanders is in a position to get a significant amount of work done in Congress, but that work is stifled by the fact that Donald Trump occupies the Oval Office. On top of that, the Democrats have yet to see a front runner candidate emerge for the 2020 presidential election, even though the belligerent, power hungry Trump is literally already campaigning for re-election.
One source close to Sanders put it bluntly while speaking anonymously to The Hill.
Speaking of the question of whether or not Sanders would consider launching a presidential bid, this source said:
‘Yes, is the answer. 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 last thing he’s going to do is step aside and let Joe Biden take it.’
Other individuals close to Sanders went on the record throwing weight behind the idea that the Senator is thinking about launching another presidential bid. For instance, the Senator’s former campaign manager Jeff Weaver. Who, to the dissatisfaction of many, eventually went on to work for the Clinton camp, said that Sanders is “keeping the door open” on a potential 2020 run against Trump.
As others noted, Sanders would certainly enjoy a favorable public response to any potential presidential run on his part. He remains incredibly popular. A former senior adviser to the Senator, Larry Cohen, said that he “can speak for the millions of people who supported him in saying we would love it if he runs again and we’re hopeful he’ll run again.”
Weaver added, on the subject of what Democratic leadership’s response to Sanders’ possible presidential run would be:
‘He’s part of the Democratic leadership in the Senate and helped raise millions of dollars to help down ballot Democrats. He’s helping to reform the Democratic Party. I think it speaks for itself.’
The closest we will get to an actual grasp on what the 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be comes in the form of polls pitting prospective candidates against each other, and Sanders does well in these polls.
In a poll released earlier this month, Trump lost by large margins in hypothetical match ups against not only Bernie Sanders but an array of other Democratic candidates as well, including Joe Biden, junior California Senator Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. In that poll, Sanders got 52 percent of the vote to Trump’s 39 percent, and although that seems like a solid margin, there are nine percent of voters left to be accounted for, and in 2016, these last minute deciders gave Trump the presidency.
Still, Sanders has a clear advantage, and for many, they’ve now seen how poor of a job Trump does as president and have had second thoughts. One thing is for sure — the Democrats need to get their act together quick if they intend to make electoral gains in either 2018 or 2020.
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