Bernie Sanders Considering 2020 Run Against Donald Trump, Former Campaign Manager Reveals

The campaign manager for Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential run hinted that the Independent senator from Vermont may run for the White House again in 2020.

Sanders is “considering another run for the presidency,” but for now is completely focused on his congressional re-election campaign in November, Jeff Weavers said in an interview with C-Span host John McArdle on Monday.

Sanders made waves as the progressive who consistently challenged former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in his 2016 primary bid. His platform largely focused on issues like universal healthcare and income equality.

When Sanders announced his candidacy for president in 2015, he was 50 points behind Clinton in almost every major national poll. But with his popularity among young Democratic voters, he closed that gap and ended up winning 22 states and about 45 percent of the pledged delegates before conceding and endorsing Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

“One of the reasons he was so successful [in 2016] was that people out in the country sensed, rightly, that he was an authentic messenger for the message he was delivering,” Weaver told McArdle during the interview.

Sanders returned to Vermont after conceding, and continued to work as the state’s senator. But he hardly gave up his fight against Donald Trump and the Republican party. For the past two years he has travelled around the country supporting Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Now Sanders faces his own re-election race during the country’s midterm elections on November 6, 2018.

In 2012, Sanders won his first senate re-election campaign with 71 percent of the vote. Even after his 2016 presidential campaign, which forced the senator to focus heavily on national issues more so than state politics, voters in Vermont overwhelmingly approved of Sanders as a Morning Consult poll found that 87 percent of the state’s voters still supported the long-time lawmaker.

“If reelected, you can be sure that I will continue to be the fiercest opponent in the Senate to the rightwing extremism of Trump and the Republican leadership,” Sander said in a tweet on May 21, hours after his announcement that he will seek re-election.

Though there are still six months until the midterm elections, America is already looking forward to possible 2020 presidential runs. New polling conducted by CNN shows that in a one-on-one match up between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, Sanders is already a leading candidate, beating Trump by a 55-to-42 percent margin among registered voters. First, though, Sanders would have to navigate a Democratic primary. While politicians have yet to officially declare  their campaigns for 2020, it is rumored that popular figures like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Cory Booker may be in the mix.