Bernie Sanders says he will probably run in 2020 if he’s the best candidate to beat Trump

The statement comes just a week after Sanders' stated that his team was "looking at" the possibility of a 2020 run.


Senator Bernie Sanders said in an interview this week that he will probably run for president in 2020 if he is the best candidate to beat Donald Trump.

“I’m not one of those sons of multimillionaires whose parents told them they were going to become president of the United States,” Sanders told New York Magazine. “I don’t wake up in the morning with any burning desire that I have to be president.”

“If there’s somebody else who appears who can, for whatever reason, do a better job than me, I’ll work my ass off to elect him or her,” he added. “If it turns out that I am the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, then I will probably run.”

The statement comes just a week after Sanders’ stated that his team was “looking at” the possibility of a 2020 run.

Sanders hasn’t been light on his opinion of Trump and clearly wants the candidate with the best chance of defeating the current President to run in 2020.

“Look, he has no political beliefs, he is a total phony and a political opportunist,” Sanders said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“This guy actually supported a tax on wealth, he was pro-choice but he moves with the wind and right now, he is an extreme right-winger because he thinks that’s how you get votes,” he continued.

Sanders has also referred to Trump as the “most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history.”

A lot of people have been looking forward to Sanders running in 2020. If he does decide to run it will be his last chance as he turned 77 this past September. The Vermont Senator has toyed with the idea of running when he could instead throw his support behind another candidate while continuing his strong presence in the chamber, helping make progressive policies a reality. This year Sanders has already pressured Amazon and Disneyland to raise their wages for their workers.


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