Vermont Senator and potential 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders is struggling to maintain momentum heading into the Democratic primary season; slowly losing steam among his supporters as new candidates attract progressive voters.
According to the New York Times, some of Sanders’ most loyal congressional lawmakers refuse to throw their full support behind the self-described Democratic-Socialist, with a handful of former aides looking for employment with other candidates.
“Mr. Sanders may have been the runner-up in the last Democratic primary, but instead of expanding his nucleus of support, in the fashion of most repeat candidates, the Vermont senator is struggling to retain even what he garnered two years ago, when he was far less of a political star than he is today,” writes the Times.
“It’s not a given that I’m going to support Bernie just because I did before,” said one former Bernie-backer. “There are going to be plenty of people to look at and to listen to. I’m currently open at this point, and I think the majority of people are.”
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BERNIE 2020? Sanders Says He 'MAY RUN' Against Donald Trump in 2020
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raised eyebrows throughout Democratic circles this week; saying the “simple truth” is that he hasn’t “made the decision” on whether he plans to take on President Trump in the 2020 race for the White House.
Sanders was speaking at a candidates forum when he was asked if he was prepared to “pledge” to serve a six-year term should he be re-elected to the United States Senate.
“Right now, my focus is on the year 2018, but if you’re asking me to make an absolute pledge as to whether I’ll be running for president or not, I’m not going to make that pledge,” Sanders said. “The simple truth is I have not made that decision. But I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I may not run. I may. But on the other hand, I may not.”
BERNIE: Yes, I’m SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING’ Running in 2020
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders offered his clearest response yet when pressed on whether he plans on launching another bid for the White House Sunday; confirming he was “seriously considering” running against Donald Trump in 2020.
Sanders was speaking with MSNBC host Al Sharpton when he was asked to comment on the upcoming nomination process for the Democratic party.
“Twenty-twenty, everyone is talking about this candidate or that candidate. A central question is: Will Bernie Sanders run again?” Sharpton asked.
“And the answer is, Al, I will make that decision at the appropriate time. I will be honest with you, you’re a friend, you know, we’re looking at it. But it is … a decision that impacts your family. And I want to make sure that when I make that decision, if I decide to run, that I have concluded, in fact, that I am the strongest candidate who can defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said.
“You’re not ruling it out; you’re saying you’re seriously considering it?” Sharpton asked.
“That is correct,” Sanders fired-back.