BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – An Insurgent Underdog No Longer, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork for a larger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers expect him to open the presidential season of 2020 as a Democratic Presidential Political Powerhouse.
A final decision was not made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-proclaimed Social Democratic Socialist suggest that neither age nor interest from a barrage of progressive prospects for the President would deter him from taking a second shot undertake the presidency. When Sanders' Brain Confidence gathered for a weekend weekend weekend in Vermont, some openly talked about a White House bid from 2020, as if it was almost a foregone conclusion.
"This time he starts as a leader. or one of the frontrunners, "said John Weaver, Sanders Campaign Manager in 201
In the midst of excitement – and in Burlington, there were enough, as the Sanders Institute's celebrities, the former campaigners, co-workers, and progressive politicians – there were also signs of tears in Sanders' political base, and his loyalists are seeking a forward-looking democratic field for 2020 that is likely to include a ranks of ambitious liberal leaders – not established Hillary Clinton.
Instead, a new generation of pronounced Democrats like US Senator Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and California Senator Kamala Harris are expected to seek a Democratic nomination. All three met Sanders' call for "Medicare for All" and a minimum wage of $ 15, and along with other political priorities, helped create the mainstream Democratic Trump era, Star Danny Glover, who led an election campaign alongside Sanders in 2016, would not commit to a second Sanders candidacy this weekend.
"I do not know what 2020 currently looks like," said Glover, before he went to the front row room for the inaugural speech by Sanders. "I will support who I think is the most advanced choice."
One of Sanders' key supporters from neighboring New Hampshire, Burt Cohen, the former US Senate Senate Majority Leader, acknowledged that some people worry that Sanders is too old a second run, though that's not big problem for him is. Like Glover, he's not sure he'll come to Sanders for a second time.
"There are other people raising and holding up the flag, and you know it could be Bernie, but I think there are other people, Well," said Cohen, who did not visit the Vermont summit. "It's not" Bernie or bust. "This is certainly not the case."
Another high-profile Sanders supporter present, Cornel West, described the Vermont Senator as "the most consistently advanced out there," suggesting some aspiring candidates for the year 2020 have adopted Sanders' words, however, maintained the connection to Wall Street and "militarism". However, West acknowledged that none of the likely candidates for 2020 had "as much luggage" as Clinton did.
Perhaps the most important member of the Sanders network, wife Jane O & Meara Sanders, said the Democrats in some cases welcome Sanders' "brave progressive ideas" in terms of health care and the economy, but it would have to address issues how climate change will be pursued further. affordable housing and student debt.
Whether her husband will lead the debate as a presidential candidate in 2020 remains unclear. O & # 39; Meara Sanders noted that one question in particular should determine the decision: "Who can beat Donald Trump?"
"That must be the primary goal. Win. We believe you will win through a strong, progressive engagement, "she told AP. Asked whether Sanders could win in 2020, she said "every single poll" would have shown Sanders defeated Republican candidate Donald Trump two years ago.
Meara Sanders has also downplayed the grueling personal demands of a presidential campaign In the past, some spouses have pressured their husbands to more than once shun the president's incandescent spotlight.
"It was extremely inspiring to meet all the people across the country," she said of the 2016 campaign. "What could be difficult for me is not as important as what might be difficult for them and whether we want them help with these difficulties or not. "
"It's not about us," O & M Maura Sanders added. "It's about what's right for the country."
Despite signs pointing to a run in 2020, Sanders has given himself a clear escape door.
Weaver, as Sanders himself suggested in a recent interview, defeated the senator when he felt that another candidate had a better chance of denying Trump a second term. However, there are no clear indications from Sanders or his closest relatives that he currently has this belief.
"I know they have not announced anything, but it seems like that's the case," said John Cusack Actor invited to the weekend summit. When asked about his preference for 2020, he called Sanders "the only true progressive candidate."
"Suddenly, what used to be a marginal policy is now mainstream. Do not get me wrong, it's great that Texas Congressman Beto O Rourke and all of these young candidates are at the People's Summit and Run the platform for progressive movement, but let's not forget who broke us. "
" If he runs again, I'm on board, "Cusack said.